Two killed as artwork ‘lifts off’

By | July 24, 2006

Two killed as artwork lifts off

Two people have been killed and 13 injured after a giant, inflatable sculpture blew free from its moorings. Many were inside the artwork, which consists of connected rooms, when it lifted 30ft into the air at Riverside Park, Chester-le-Street, County Durham.

The Dreamspace sculpture is thought to have drifted for about 40m.

A 38-year-old woman from the town and a 68-year-old woman from Seaham died. A three-year-old girl was seriously injured and was flown to hospital.

The girl, from Langley Park near Durham, is in Newcastle General Hospital.

The Health and Safety executive has launched an investigation. – bbc

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