Child suffers multiple injuries after climbing incident at Wyandotte Street Art Fair
WYANDOTTE, Mich. – A child fell more than 20 feet when something went wrong on a climbing wall Friday night at the Wyandotte Street Art Fair.
Police said the security line snapped, causing the boy to fall onto the concrete.
“We were just waiting in line for the rock wall and the kid in front of us had reached the top of the wall,” Allison Trombley recalled. “When he let go to descend, the rubber bands snapped and he fell off the top of the rock face and hit the ground.”
Trombley called 911 and alerted authorities to the incident.
“We were able to talk to the operator, tell him where we were, explain the boy’s situation – he was unconscious,” Trombley said. “It was just crazy because when he hit I expected him to cry, scream – something like that, but he was completely silent.”
Police and firefighters rushed to the scene.
“Due to human error or equipment malfunction, it fell off the wall, more than 20 feet off the ground,” Wyandotte Deputy Police Chief Archie Hamilton said. “He suffered several fractures. He was unconscious when the police arrived and rushed him to hospital for treatment.
Trombley said there was a huge crowd around when the accident happened.
“Primarily people were just trying to grab their kids and leave,” Trombley said. “They didn’t want their kids to see it, see it on the floor.”
Police said the ride was immediately closed and ride operators would not return to the fair.
Now many people wonder if the rides are even safe.
“The company that had them, they have a lot of bouncy houses and slides,” Trombley said. “It’s good, but if they want to have big things like that, they have to know how to track them and nurture them.”
Wyandotte police said all businesses were checked before the fair and had never had an incident like this before. This is the fourth year that the company has been involved.
The boy was taken to Detroit Children’s Hospital.
The company issues a statement
In a statement, climbing company Airborne Bouncers said: “The Airborne Bouncers family have been devastated by the accident, we would like to offer our sincere apologies to the young man and his family involved. Our company’s mission is to provide positive family enjoyment and create memories.The equipment in question has been removed from service pending a full investigation and safety inspection.
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