A girl was flung into a trailer as a ‘tornado’ ripped through a family event and lifted two bouncy castles off the ground.
Esmae-Sherren Bonser, three, was flung head first from her father’s shoulders and into a trailer at the Picnic in the Park event in Howden, East Riding after a freak ‘tornado’ struck.
The youngster was blown from her father’s shoulders in the sudden gust and had to be rushed to hospital in an ambulance.
Esmase, three, was one of four people injured during the freak gust of wind that lifted two bouncy castles from their moorings and ploughed one into a nearby group of trees. Thankfully, they had been evacuated just moment earlier
Esmae, who was left temporarily unable to walk afterwards and with a pain in her neck, was one of four people injured at the event.
Ms Hollowell says the ‘very scary experience’ left her daughter ‘battered and bruised’ but says it could have been much worse if it were not for the quick-thinking of family members.
Describing what happened, the mum said: ‘We were trying to get to shelter when a trailer blew and knocked them over.
‘Esmae was flung from her dad’s shoulders head first into the towing metal bit at the back of the trailer. She was dangling then it flew off.
‘If my partner hadn’t of been on the floor with it, stopping it rolling, it would have rolled into her.
‘Luckily it stopped for my father-in-law to grab her and drag her into the bushes. She was rushed to hospital because she couldn’t walk and has neck pain.
‘Luckily she’s battered and bruised. The weather came from nowhere. Three minutes of rain then really bad winds, people running everywhere, everything flying above our heads.
‘Luckily my baby wasn’t in his buggy as it got blown into a field. Someone pulled it out about 20 minutes later and it was broken to bits. It was a very scary experience.’
Despite her injuries, Esmae has been told she will make a full recovery after the traumatic ordeal.
She was one of four people injured during the freak gust of wind that lifted two bouncy castles from their moorings and ploughed one into a nearby group of trees.
Ms Hollowell says the ‘very scary experience’ left her daughter ‘battered and bruised’. Esmae was one of four people injured during the freak gust of wind that lifted two bouncy castles from their moorings
Thankfully, they had been evacuated just moment earlier. The popular annual event, which was attended by hundreds of people in the East Riding town, was a scene of devastation after the sudden weather.
Residents described feeling ‘stunned’ at what they witnessed, while others said they had ‘never experienced anything like that’.
Four ambulances were called to the scene and Humberside Fire and Rescue teams were also in attendance as they were taking part in the Picnic in the Park event.
A spokesman for Humberside Police said: ‘Officers were called to the playing fields off Treeton Road, Howden, at 4.30pm Sunday, June 16 following reports three people had been injured after a bouncy castle blew over.
‘Two men, a woman and a child have been taken to hospital for treatment. Their injuries are not believed to be serious.’