Girl Dies After Wind Sends Trampoline 150 Feet Into Air

A nine-year-old girl from Utah died in a terrible accident, after a huge gust of wind lifted a trampoline with her on it over 150 feet into the air.

Oaklee Sidwell was playing with her friends when the incident occurred in her back garden in Panguitch, Utah, on Tuesday. The sudden gust of wind was so strong it pulled the trampoline free of its location, even though it was anchored to the ground.

The trampoline also had a safety net surrounding it too, but it was still picked up off the ground by the wind while she sat on it.

Sidwell fell onto the ground from the trampoline, after it was lifted into the air, and was then taken to Salt Lake City Hospital, but unfortunately she died on Wednesday because of her multiple injuries.

Cheryl Church, a spokesman for Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, noted that it was a freak accident before adding, “This is nobody’s fault.”

Ms Church told The Salt Lake Tribune, “So many people are feeling heartbreak for [the family], It’s hard to even wrap your head around it.”

She also added, “Panguitch is not a huge city and everyone knows the family. This tragedy that has affected the entire community.”

The paper also added that Oaklee was the only person on the trampoline at the time of the tragedy, and she was sitting on it to put her shoes back on.

A memorial page has already been created for Oaklee, and it notes, “Oaklee was here with us for nine wonderful years and was so full of life. She lived it to the fullest and shared her happiness with everyone around her.”

The page describes Oaklee as a young girl who enjoyed playing with animals, she was recently caring for a baby jack rabbit, and was even syringe feeding it back to full health.

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