Bounce House Collapses on Three Children at Local Carnival
MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. -
A bounce house with three young children inside collapsed at a carnival in the parking lot of John Marshall High School on Friday evening. No one was seriously injured.
Shane Turner, owner of Gambill Amusement Company, says a fan blower became disconnected from the house, causing it to deflate. The ride operator reconnected the tube, while the mothers of the children tried to create an opening to get the kids out.
Angela Quinn's 4-year-old son, Gabriel, was inside the bounce house when it fell in.
"My little boy had nightmares all night last night," she says. "He kicked and screamed in his sleep. He was pushing toward the sky like he was trying to get loose. He was screaming, "It's on my head."
Angela says when she could finally see the children inside the collapsed house, they were lying on their stomachs trying to keep their heads up to breathe.
Turner says the employee was retrained on operating the bounce house, and the ride was inspected before reopening. An incident report was filed with the company.