Five students injured in Zillah bounce house flip

UPDATE: The Zillah School District has confirmed that five students were injured in an inflatable bounce house accident on Wednesday, when the toy was lifted by a large gust of wind.

According to reporters with KVEW News, one student was air lifted to Astria Regional Medical Center with critical injuries. The other students suffered minor injuries.

“Everybody was having a good time, all the students, and out of nowhere we saw the bouncy house go up pretty high in the air and it came down and hit the cement,” said Zillah sophomore Christopher Molina. He said he saw two girls with broken legs.

Blake Larson, owner of Bounce N Party Rentals in Spokane said the video showed every parent’s worst nightmare. Larson has been in the bounce house rental business for two years and said he’s never had anyone injured.

“Each bounce house is a little different but there is printed rules on each one for you to look at,” Larson said. “There’s different things you want to do, make sure you’re using stakes or weights to weigh it down and straps to tie it down.”

A DOT weather station in Zillah reported sustained winds at 12 mph and gusts up to 16 mph during the time of the accident.

In a statement, the Zillah school district said:

“At approximately 2:30 PM on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, an accident occurred at Zillah High School during an Associated Student Body event. Five students were involved. The nature and extent of their injuries are unknown at this time. Our hearts go out to the students, parents, and staff of those involved. Administration is currently looking into this matter. #zillahstrong”

ORIGINAL:

Several students were injured when a strong winds flipped over a bounce house at Zillah High School on Wednesday afternoon.

KVEW News out of Yakima reported that the students were participating in an ASB field day when the inflatable toy was swept up by a large gust of wind.

Ambulances and a helicopter arrived at the scene, according to reporters with KVEW.

This is a developing story.

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