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9-year-old girl dies after her trampoline goes airborne

By Mason White 10:09 AM August 19, 2013
Oaklee Lynn Sidwell 

By: Sarah Weiss
(Scroll down for video) A little girl died after a trampoline she was sitting on went flying, according to emergency workers in Utah.

Utah investigators said that a nine-year-old southern Utah girl has died after a strong gust of wind lifted a backyard trampoline where she sat and sent it flying over 150 feet.

Officials of the Garfield County Sheriff said that Oaklee Lynn Sidwell was playing with friends on the trampoline in the backyard of her home on Tuesday in the small town of Panguitch. She was the last to sit on the large trampoline, putting on her shoes, when all of a sudden the wind sent it up into the air.

The girl fell off the trampoline in the air before it landed hundreds of feet away. She was taken to a local hospital and later transferred to a hospital in Salt Lake City, where she died three days later from multiple injuries.

The sheriff’s spokesperson said that the trampoline was properly assembled and had a safety net.
Sidewell was buried on Saturday.