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Teenage cuts in line, falls off water slide

Posted at 7:04 AM, Oct 01, 2012
and last updated 2012-10-01 07:04:12-04

VALENCIA, Calif. (CNN) -  A teenager has been hospitalized after an accident at a water park in California. A spokeswoman at the park said the 19-year-old cut in line, diving head-first down the Venom Drop slide at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor.  Half-way down, he fell off the side.

It's not clear just how far he fell, but the Venom Drop is part of a 75-foot multiple-slide tower.  The teen was taken to the hospital, where he was reportedly conscious and breathing on his own.

Lifeguards tell other riders to go down the slide feet-first with their ankles crossed and their arms across their chests.