Posted on Monday, May 31, 2021 at 5.15 p.m.
Two young girls stand on the brink of life after a bouncy castle explodes and flies up to 7 meters above the ground, throwing children over a metal fence onto the tram tracks in the Russian city of Barnaul.
Videos on social media show parents panicking trying to grab the bouncy castle as it rides with the girls, ages three and four, on board. Three other young people were thrown from the bouncy castle without being injured as it flew as high as a lamppost, witnesses said.
Aged 3 and 4, Anna and Vika were thrown onto the tram tracks by passing over a 2-meter metal fence. Anna suffered a concussion and a fractured spine while Vika, who landed about 4 meters from the bouncy castle, has a fractured skull and injuries to her lungs and abdomen. One of the girls was put on a ventilator as medics fought to save her, reported the Kommersant, a Russian daily.
“The girls are currently in intensive care,” said a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health. Investigators are working on the cause of the incident near a shopping center and initially said it was caused by high winds. However, witnesses denied this information. They claimed there was the sound of an explosion. Some believe the bouncy castle was inflated too much, others claim that it was not properly secured.
“Some of the ropes were not secured,” said a witness, before adding: “The bouncy castle had been tied to the fence, which is prohibited. “
Another witness noticed that the bouncy castle did not have a protective underlay and therefore rubbed against the tarmac, which may have caused the crash. An investigation has been opened.