Man in critical condition after freak accident at trampoline park

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by Carina Sonn

azfamily.com

Posted on February 4, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Updated Saturday, Feb 4 at 6:21 PM

PHOENIX -- A man is in critical condition with spinal cord injuries and possible brain damage caused by a freak accident at a Valley trampoline park.

Witnesses say the 30-year-old was with a group of friends when he tried to do a flip into a foam pit at Skypark near 40th Street and Indian School Road.

He lay there unconscious for just a few seconds, according to employees, before they called 911.

"They're like, 'He's not moving now,' and we're like, 'What?' And about four minutes after that, that is when the fire department came," said 17-year-old Jenna McKenna, who was at the park with her sister.

But the rescue wasn't easy for first responders.

"They had to move all the foam cubes around, then they had to get him on the body board, then they had to walk through the foam pit, which had a trampoline under it, and it was really hard for them to get them out," McKenna said.

The man was taken to the hospital and is "in grave condition" according to officials.

The victim's identity hasn't been released.

Shanae Cooley, a manager at SkyPark, said the foam pit area will remain closed until further notice while the company conducts an investigation.

The park does require every customer to sign a waiver because injuries do occur, but never like what happened on Thursday night.

"To us it doesn't make sense because doing just a front flip in a foam pit usually doesn't end up like that so we want to know what happened," Cooley said.

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