PANGUITCH, Utah — Injuries sustained from a trampoline wind accident claimed the life of a 9-year-old girl in Utah Wednesday. Oaklee Sidwell was playing outside with her friends on a trampoline Tuesday afternoon when a sudden gust of wind lifted the trampoline and carried it over for more than 50 feet, local TV station KSL reported.
Cheryl Church, Public Information Officer for the Garfield County Sheriff’s office, said Sidwell was following her friends off the trampoline when the incident occurred.
“Her friends had gotten off the trampoline and she sat to put on her shoes when a sudden gust of wind lifted it off the ground. The trampoline went many feet into the air and took her about 50 feet away,” Church said.
According to police, the trampoline was anchored into the ground and had a safety net installed.
Sidwell was taken to the hospital with several injuries and later transferred via helicopter to Primary Children’s Hospital. She died Wednesday morning.
Sidwell’s family said she was a bright girl who loved animals.
“She started out bottle feeding lambs and calves. From there her motherly instinct grew and she took in many more animals,” her family wrote in her obituary, “When you came to her house you could see how much she loved animals with cats, dogs, rabbit, fish, guinea pig, parrot, horses, sheep, and cows.”