Fleming Island water slide collapse injures 13

About 10 teens were injured when a water slide collapsed in Fleming Island.

FLEMING ISLAND, Fla. -- A water slide at a Fleming Island sub-division community pool collapsed Thursday evening and injured 13 people. Two teens were taken to the hospital with injuries.

According to Tom Rogers with Clay County Fire Rescue, about 15 kids were on the water slide located in the Eagle Harbor neighborhood just after 7 p.m.

The two teens were taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries and 11 more people were treated for minor injuries on scene. Rogers said the scene was chaotic after the break, so the injury numbers are estimates. Most of the injuries were minor and included abrasions, cuts and bruises.

CCFR believes the slide collapsed due to the weight of the teens.

There was an event for the Fleming Island High School band going on at the pool during the time of the collapse.

The water slide is located on Eagle Harbor Parkway just off Highway 17.

Kristi Gomez has called the Eagle Harbor community home for the last eight years. She drove by and saw the aftermath of the collapse.

"It's startling! I really just stopped and I put my hand over my mouth," Gomez said. "We always joke and say this is our happy place. Now it will be different coming here."

CCFR said a group of 15-20 kids formed a chain and went down the water slide named the "Screaming Eagle," just before it came crashing down.

Gavin, Kristi's son, goes down the slide often.

"I can't stop touching him [Gavin] for fear that could have easily been one of my children," Gomez said.

Rogers says there were lifeguards on hand and they're working to figure out how and why so many kids were allowed on the slide at one time.

"You just never think this could happen where you live," Gomez said.


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