Gust blows shed 50 feet in Home Depot parking lot, pinning girl underneath
Mar 19, 2018, 1:40 PM | Updated: 10:09 pm
WASHINGTON CITY — A teenage girl was sent to the hospital after becoming trapped underneath a storage shed that landed on her during an apparent microburst in Washington City Sunday afternoon.
Emergency crews from Washington City Fire Department were dispatched to the Home Depot store on Telegraph Street at 4:13 p.m. on reports of the trapped patient.
“Witnesses described sudden high winds that passed through the area, which is believed to be a microburst,” Washington City Fire spokesman Julio Reyes said.
The gust lifted and moved two storage sheds that were on display approximately 50 feet, Reyes said.
One of the sheds struck the teenage girl and another person as they were walking to Walmart from Home Depot. The girl became pinned underneath the shed temporarily but was able get free before emergency crews arrived.
“She had injuries to her left side, including clavicle, arm and knee,” Reyes said.
She was transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center by Gold Cross Ambulance for further evaluation and treatment.
Home Depot released a statement saying, “We’re terribly sorry this happened and we’re hoping for Brielle’s speedy recovery. Although the shed was anchored to the ground, we’re looking at ways to ensure this doesn’t happen again.”