Jacqui Lambie breaks down in gut-wrenching interview about bouncy castle tragedy which killed five children in her hometown
Tasmanian senator Jacqui Lambie has broken down in an emotional interview about the bouncy castle tragedy that claimed the lives of five children.
‘I’m a bit scared to get on the phone and make calls actually… I don’t know whose children they are. I don’t know whose grandchildren they are.
‘I think we’re still in shock. Like, you know, I’m sitting there doing a Zoom and I could see one child had gone, and then another… The numbers kept going up, ‘ she said.
Tasmanian senator Jacqui Lambie has spoken out about the horror of the bouncy castle tragedy
‘It is the most awful thing before Christmas time. Honestly! It is just… I just… I think we’re all in shock. You don’t even want to know about it. It is just awful.’
Senator Lambie, who went to school in Devonport, also spoke out about the impact of the tragedy on the police officers who were at the scene.
‘Those police officers, you will probably find they are born and bred from there as well or from the local area,’ Lambie told the Today show.
Five children died and and four of their classmates are fighting for life after falling from a height of about 10 metres
Paramedics and police are pictured at a scene at Hillcrest Primary School after five children died in a jumping castle incident
‘It is like family. It’s just… It is just God-awful. I will be honest. It is just awful. I don’t even want to pick up the phone. I know it’s going to be somebody that we know, you know.’
‘We still don’t know how the other four children are going that are still in hospital. Is there going to be more? It is just, just horrific! A week before Christmas time.’
Hillcrest Primary School was holding a ‘Big Day In’ celebration to mark the end of the year when a wind gust blew a jumping castle 10 metres into the air in a freak accident.
Two police officers console each other at Hillcrest Primary School, in Tasmania, after five children were killed when a jumping castle flew ten metres into the air
The event included several zorb balls — large, inflatable balls with children standing inside — that also took off with the wind.
Distraught police officers were seen consoling each other at the scene of the tragedy, while desperate parents were seen at the gates trying to find out if their children were dead or alive.
Five children died and and four of their classmates are fighting for life after falling from a height of about 10 metres, landing on the school’s sports oval.
A schoolboy who watched the horrific scene unfold revealed he was almost involved in the tragedy.
‘It was our turn next,’ he told The Mercury. ‘Grade five and six went first.’
Bob Smith, who lives near the school, said he saw kids on the ground.
‘There was one really strong gust of wind on what is a beautiful calm day,’ he said.
‘At first we thought it might have been an emergency services training exercise then the reality of what was happening kicked in.’