Several children hurt in inflatable slide accident at Greenbriar Mall


ATLANTA - An inflatable slide inside the Greenbriar Mall toppled over Saturday, tossing kids into the air. One woman says up to a dozen children were injured.

Christopher James, 7, said he took quite the fall from this inflatable slide, which was part of the mall's fall festival.

"It was to the ceiling," James said.

His mom snapped photos right after the accident Saturday afternoon.

"I seen him first go down, so I was like, 'Oh my God, my son!"" James' mother, Yoko Geiger, said.

Geiger says James was at the top of the ladder when it started to lean to one side, possibly because the weight of so many children.

"When I was about to go down the slide, I get flipped off," James said.

"Just raised up and tipped over, and all you see is kids hitting the ground and went on top of the kids," Geiger said.

Mall security and others raced to pull the inflatable slide off of about a dozen kids.

"Everybody start screaming, kids crying, people trying to find their kids, just very chaotic," Geiger said.

Geiger said James was one of about a dozen kids hurt.

"On my leg and my eye. Twisted my neck a little bit and hurt my arm. I was in too much pain," James said.

He was rushed by ambulance to the hospital.

Atlanta police responded to the scene and confirmed six kids were taken to the hospital, all with minor injuries.

All the bouncy rides are now gone. Channel 2's Steve Gehlbach called the number for the rental company that supplied and set up the slide, but no one answered the phone or returned his message.

Gehlbach also reached out to Greenbrier Mall and left messages, but has not heard back from anyone.

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