• Child dies after falling from rock climbing wall at trampoline park


    GASTONIA, N.C. - A 12-year-old boy has died after falling at a trampoline park in North Carolina, police told our Cox Media Group sister station WSOC-TV.

    The incident happened Wednesday night as the boy was climbing the rock wall at the Altitude Trampoline Park in Gaston County. The trampoline park is a little more than three hours from Atlanta.

    On Thursday, the company’s executive vice president of global operations, Courtney Wilde, said the company was staying in contact with the family but declined to provide updates on the child’s condition, citing a desire to protect the family’s privacy.

    Wilde said the company closed the rock climbing structure after the incident while they “investigate exactly what happened.”

    “We’re taking every step necessary at the park,” Wilde said.


    Police told WSOC-TV that after the fall, the boy had to be airlifted to Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte for treatment of “potential brain injuries.”

    A woman who identified herself as the child’s mother told 911 dispatchers that her child was unconscious following the fall. It was one of many panicked 911 calls made from the trampoline park Wednesday night.

    When paramedics arrived, witnesses said the boy couldn't move and was barely breathing. His name has not been released.

    Our Cox Media Group sister station WSOC-TV in Charlotte contributed to this report.

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