Toddler injured as ‘freak tornado’ flings her off dad’s shoulders into trailer

A toddler blown off her father's shoulders into the back of a metal trailer by a freak gust of wind is lucky not to have been seriously injured, her mother says.

Esmae-Sherren Bonser was one of four hurt when a "tornado" ripped through a park in Yorkshire at 4.30pm on Sunday where families had gathered to enjoy a community picnic.

But disaster struck when the weather took a turn for the worst and saw people screaming as they ran for safety.

An unsecured inflatable slide and bouncy castle were also sent flying into the air before crashing into trees and leaving a scene of devastation.

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Three-year-old Esmae was at the event with her mum, Jess Hollowell, and a number of other family members, reports Hull Live.

She was perched on her dad's shoulders when the sudden gust knocked her off and flung her headfirst into the back of a trailer.

She couldn't walk afterwards, had a pain in her neck and was rushed to hospital in an ambulance.

Mum Jess said: "She was on her dad's shoulders. We were trying to get to shelter when a trailer blew and knocked them over.

"Esmae was flung from her dad's shoulders head first into the towing metal bit at the back of the trailer. She was dangling then it flew off.


"If my partner hadn't of been on the floor with it, stopping it rolling, it would have rolled into her.

"Luckily it stopped for my father-in-law to grab her and drag her into the bushes. She was rushed to hospital cause she couldn't walk and has neck pain."

Jess added: "Luckily she's [only] battered and bruised. The weather came from nowhere. Three minutes of rain then really bad winds, people running everywhere, everything flying above our heads.

"Luckily my baby wasn't in his buggy as it got blown into a field. Someone pulled it out about 20 minutes later and it was broken to bits. It was a very scary experience."

Despite her injuries, Esmae has been told she will make a full recovery after the traumatic ordeal.

The popular annual event was attended by hundreds.

Residents described feeling "stunned" at what they witnessed, while others said they had "never experienced anything like that".

Four ambulances were called to the scene and Humberside Fire and Rescue teams were also in attendance as they were taking part in the Picnic in the Park event.

A spokesman for Humberside Police said: “Officers were called to the playing fields off Treeton Road, Howden, at 4.30pm Sunday, June 16 following reports three people had been injured after a bouncy castle blew over.

“Two men, a woman and a child have been taken to hospital for treatment. Their injuries are not believed to be serious.”

Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for Yorkshire Ambulance Service also commented. She said: “We received a call at 4.06pm yesterday to reports of people being hit by an object.

“We sent four ambulances and two people were taken to Hull Royal Infirmary. One person was taken to Scunthorpe General Hospital and another was taken to Doncaster Royal Infirmary.”

The event organisers, the Ashes Playing Field Trust, were quick to thank the public for their quick-thinking and praised the town's "community spirit".

A spokesman for the trust said: "We would like to thank the emergency services and everyone who helped after the unexpected freak weather hit the Picnic In The Park event on Sunday.

"With emergency services on site throughout the event they were able to react quickly after the sudden tornado-like weather which damaged attractions and trees, blowing over a bouncy castle and an inflatable slide which thankfully had been quickly evacuated as soon as the heavy rain started so no one was on either.

"The members of the public who were present were also incredibly helpful and patient in helping us identify anyone who needed medical help and direct assistance their way. Their willingness to help shows the community spirit of this town at its best."

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