August 19, 2013 / 1:55 PM / 4 years ago

Utah girl dies in freak trampoline accident

(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, a spokeswoman for the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office said on Monday.

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, spokeswoman Cheryl Church said.

A large gust of wind lifted the trampoline off the ground, carrying it and the girl about 50 yards before she was dropped, she said.

Sidwell was flown to a Salt Lake City hospital and died on Wednesday. Church said the trampoline was anchored and described the girl’s death as a “freak accident.”

Reporting by Ian Simpson; editing by Andrew Hay

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