Utah girl dies after accident when freak wind carried her away from backyard trampoline
(Reuters) – A southern Utah girl died last week from injuries she received after a freak gust of wind carried away a backyard trampoline she was on, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.
The girl, Oaklee Sidwell, 9, of Panguitch, in south-central Utah, had been playing on the trampoline on Tuesday and sat on it to put her shoes on, a spokeswoman for the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office told the newspaper.
A large gust of wind lifted the trampoline off the ground, carrying it and the girl about 50 yards (meters) before she was dropped, the spokeswoman said.
Sidwell was flown to a Salt Lake City hospital and died on Wednesday, the Tribune reported over the weekend.
The spokeswoman said the trampoline was anchored and described the girl’s death as a “freak accident.”
(Reporting by Ian Simpson; Editing by Scott Malone and Dan Grebler)
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