2 children die in inflated castle crash in Tasmania


MELBOURNE Two children were killed and several others were injured when a school in Australia fell 33 feet from a blown-up castle thrown into the air by authorities, officials said.

Police say the crash happened around 10 a.m. at Hilkrest Elementary School in the Australian island state of Tasmania. Thursday is the last day of the school year for most Tasmanian children, and according to a social media post, the school celebrates the “big day”.

Tasmania Police Commander Debbie Williams said: Several children fell from the jumping castle, and it seems that they may have fallen from a height of about 10 meters.

Ambulances and helicopters were called to the scene, and some children were treated there, while others were taken to hospital.

It said on social media at 11 a.m. that the school would be closed throughout the day, adding, “We urge parents to come and pick up their children urgently.”

Davenport is a small town in northeastern Tasmania with a population of about 23,000. Hillcrest is one of its six elementary schools.

The school event, which will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., will include skating, dancing and arts and crafts, as well as a jumping castle on the school grounds, according to a Facebook post.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison called the events “scattering” and “unimaginably heartbreaking.”

He added that he had spoken to Tasmanian Prime Minister Peter Goodwin, who was on his way to the scene.

When contacted, Hillcrest Primary School recommended a reporter for The New York Times to the Department of Education, saying it would be held on a news conference.


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