( 4UMF NEWS ) 7-Year-Old Dies After Gust Blows Bouncy Castle:
A 7-year-old girl died on Saturday after a gust blasted a bouncy castle and swept it into the air during an Easter celebration near London.
The 25 mph winds launched the inflatable Toy Story-themed playhouse 150 yards into the sky, ripping it out of its moorings, as little Summer Grant was trapped alone inside.
The bouncy castle soared more than the length of a football field above rows of trailers and caravans at the Harlow Town Park on Saturday, as onlookers watched in horror.
After it crashed down, Summer was rushed to Princess Alexandra Hospital, where she died a few hours later from her multiple critical injuries, Essex police said.
“This is a very tragic incident where a young girl has lost her life. My deepest sympathies go out to her family,” Detective Inspector Daniel Stoten said.
Little Summer had been there for an Easter weekend trip to see her family when she was playing alone inside the bouncy castle, the Mirror reported.
“It’s too early for us to talk at the moment but we want to say thank you to everyone for their kind words,” Summer’s uncle, Shawn Grant, told reporters.
A 24-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman were both arrested for manslaughter by gross negligence, Essex police said.
The blast of wind came unexpectedly, even as speeds were averaging 20-25 mph that day, according to weather reports.
“It was a sudden gust. Had it been a consistent wind they would have closed down all the inflatables,” Ray Smith, a representative of the Showmen’s Guild of Great Britain told the BBC. “Obviously there is a full investigation to be held into how this could have happened and to make sure it can never ever happen again.”
Police are conducting a “thorough investigation,” Harlow Council leader Jon Clempner said in a statement.
“I can’t imagine the heartache of the parents and family of the little girl who has died, and my thoughs are with them.”
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