8 Children Injured After Slide Collapses At Woking Fireworks Display

Eight children are being treated for “potentially serious injuries” after an inflatable slide collapsed at a fireworks funfair, police have said.

Surrey Police declared a “major incident” at Woking Fireworks after multiple children fell from the giant inflatable slide at about 7.30pm on Saturday.

The air ambulance helped transport one of the patients to “major trauma centres” after the incident in Woking Park on Saturday evening, South East Coast Ambulance Service (Secamb) said.

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Barriers were erected around the slide later on Saturday night.

One witness said he was concerned earlier that evening when he saw up to 40 children playing on the “flimsy” slide at once.

Chief inspector Steve Schulten said: “A number of children fell from the slide and suffered injuries.

“Eight children have been taken to hospital by South East Coast Ambulance Service with potentially serious injuries.” 

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Emergency services were scrambled to the site in Surrey.

He added the Health and Safety Executive has been informed of the incident.

Secamb had “multiple crews” at the scene of the “significant incident”.

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

Andy Datson, 23, said he saw up to 40 children playing on slide, which he estimated was about 30-foot tall at its highest.

“We had been walking past the slide earlier in the night and said it looked unsafe. It looked pretty flimsy to say the least,” he said.

“There were far too many kids on it. It didn’t look like it could hold that many people.”

The journalist, who lives in Guildford, Surrey, said that he noticed the flashing lights of ambulances after walking off with friends.

“I immediately thought that’s going to be the slide,” he said.

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