Girl, 9, Dies in Freak Trampoline Accident
Gust of wind threw backyard trampoline 150 feet
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 18, 2013 6:50 PM CDT

(Newser) – A 9-year-old southern Utah girl is dead after a strong wind gust picked up the backyard trampoline she was sitting on and sent it flying more than 150 feet. Garfield County sheriff's officials say Oaklee Sidwell was playing with friends on the trampoline in her backyard Tuesday in the small town of Panguitch. She was the last one sitting on the large trampoline, putting on her shoes, when the sudden gust lifted it and sent it airborne.

The girl fell off the trampoline at some point before it came to rest half a football field away. She was taken to a local hospital and later flown to a Salt Lake City hospital, where she died Wednesday from multiple injuries. A sheriff's spokeswoman says the trampoline was properly assembled and had a safety net.

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Aug 19, 2013 4:05 PM CDT
Was this Gart's parents.. this would explain a lot!
Aug 19, 2013 8:45 AM CDT
This is horrible, but as someone who spent a lot of time on trampolines as a kid (gymnast), I am often appalled at the trampolines children are allowed to play on. A) a Trampoline ALWAYS should be anchored to the ground and should ideally be dug in and sunken even to ground level. B) There is no excuse for not having padded spring covers. C) Safety nets are actually a lot more dangerous in my opinion D) There is NEVER a reason for more than 1 person to be on a trampoline at once. This is horrible and I can't believe that something like this was ever allowed to happen. How could you let your kid jump on something that wasn't securely tethered to the ground? I'm not talking a couple stakes, I'm talking iron hooks resting in cement block. I feel horrible for this family and hope that other families take note, as most home trampolines are a hazard and most people are not capable of having one responsibly. Every time I hear about a needless, careless trampoline accident, where a child is injured or killed, I am appalled by the lack of regulation that has been put on them and the lack of thought people put into owning something that can be very dangerous to their children if not handled properly.
Aug 19, 2013 8:13 AM CDT
It was probably the safety net that didn't allow her to get dumped off the trampoline when the wind picked it up. Anchoring it to the ground may not have helped much either unless it was secured in concrete or bedrock. I was driving south of Salt Lake one time when one of these microbursts hit. It felt like hitting a brick wall. My rear window louvers ripped off and went flying up the highway. I pulled over next to a van which had a side of its cargo rack ripped off and the carrier was flopped over on one side of the car. Nasty things. I know a guy who works construction, he said he was hit by one of these sudden high winds and was thrown into an open lane of traffic. He was almost run over.