ZILLAH, Wash. -- Five students were injured during an ASB event on the Zillah High School football field Wednesday afternoon, according to the Zillah School District.
A 17-year-old student who witnessed the accident said a gust of wind blew a inflatable game similar to a bounce house down the field while students were inside. He said the students were strapped down with harnesses for the game.
Zillah Mayor Scott Carmack said he was informed that the the wind lifted the inflatable structure 15-20 feet in the air and carried it over 247 feet down the field.
Carmack said teachers performed CPR on one of the students before paramedics arrived and took over.
Multiple ambulances and a helicopter were sent to the scene at about 2:30 p.m.
One student was transported to Astria Regional Medical Center in Yakima with critical injuries and the others suffered minor injuries, Carmack said, adding that one of the five involved may have been injured prior to the inflatable structure flipping over.
The Zillah School District has released the following statement:
At approximately 2:30 p.m. 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.
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