In a completely heartbreaking story of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, a 9-year-old girl died on Tuesday after a gust of wind at her home in Southern Utah lifted the trampoline she was sitting on right off the ground. The wind was so strong, it sent the trampoline flying more than 150 feet.
The victim, Oaklee Sidwell, was the last one sitting on the trampoline in her backyard in the tiny town of Panguitch. She was reportedly tying her shoes when the gust of wind lifted the trampoline and caused it to go airborne.
Oaklee fell off the trampoline before it landed half a football field away. The young girl was taken to a local hospital and then later flown to a Salt Lake City hospital, where she died from multiple injuries.
Calling it a “freak accident,” the Garfield County Sheriff’s spokeswoman, Cheryl Church, reported that the trampoline was properly assembled. It was not only anchored to the ground but it also had a safety net.
Our thoughts go out to the little girl’s family during this time of tragedy.