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Utah girl dies after wind sends trampoline flying

PANGUITCH, Utah — A 9-year-old girl is dead after a strong wind gust picked up the backyard trampoline she was sitting on and sent it flying more than 150 feet.

Garfield County sheriff’s officials said Oaklee Sidwell was playing with friends on the trampoline Tuesday in the small town of Panguitch.

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She was the last one sitting on the large trampoline, putting on her shoes, when the sudden gust lifted it and sent it airborne.

The girl fell off the trampoline at some point before it came to rest half a football field away. She was taken to a local hospital and later flown to a Salt Lake City hospital, where she died Wednesday from multiple injuries.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Cheryl Church said the trampoline was properly assembled, was anchored to the ground, and had a safety net. She called the death a freak accident and said it has affected people throughout the county.

Trampoline safety, particularly at indoor trampoline gyms, has been an issue in Utah and other states because of the risk of fractures and other injuries.

Utah and California are considering proposed laws to regulate trampoline centers, among the first efforts in the country to address the issue.

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