Eight children seriously injured after inflatable slide collapses

Eight children seriously injured after inflatable slide collapses

Eight children seriously injured after inflatable slide collapses

Eight children were seriously hurt after an accident on a giant fairground inflatable slide at a fireworks display on Saturday.

"It looked like there were too many children on it and the side area had given way".

Surrey Police said Sunday that the eighth child was kept in overnight for observation "but his injuries are not thought to be significant".

A medical helicopter and 20 ambulances were deployed to the scene in what is being described as "significant" incident.

Police reported that eight children had been taken to hospital with "potentially serious injuries".

Woking Park in Surrey was evacuated as medics treated the injured.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive is now underway.

Around 12,000 people attending the event were told to leave after the attraction collapsed.

Andy Datson, 23, said he saw up to 40 children playing on slide, which he estimated was about nine metres tall at its highest.

The couple told Sky News they believe the slide buckled because too many children were climbing up to the top at the same time and they did not see anyone supervising numbers on the ride.

Organised by the Rotary Club of Woking District, the "Fireworks Extravaganza"' is considered to be one of the best firework displays in the South East, and in the past has been one of the most popular events held in Woking.

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He said he watched the fireworks with friends before seeing "flashing lights".

Joe Mercer from The Showmen's Guild - a group made up of people who run events like funfairs - said that the slide had up-to-date certificates.

"If, heaven forbid, they fell from the top I would say it's at least 25-30ft tall".

It is a bad scene. "More information when we have it". "We are focusing on assisting the emergency services in dealing with the injured children".

"If you'll excuse us, we'll turn our attention to dealing with ticketing issues etc when we can?"

The 9,000 people in the crowd were evacuated to allow an air ambulance to land and emergency crews on the ground to get to the scene.

The patients were being transported to "major trauma centres" in London with the help of the air ambulance, a statement added.

Witnesses say an air ambulance arrived and families were evacuated from the site after the incident.

'At first we thought the injuries were very serious and a major incident was declared, which meant we had to abort the fireworks. "Everyone was just shocked".

The slide has now been deflated and the park where the fireworks event took place has been closed to the public.

Ms Neale said: "I am very grateful my children didn't go on it, let's just put it that way".

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