Girl falls on bungee trampoline at Parkway Place Mall

WAFF 48's Claudia Peppenhorst reporting
Published: Mar. 1, 2023 at 8:04 PM CST
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - You take a trip to the mall with your children and they want to have a turn on the bungee jump trampoline. For some it is a fun experience, however, that is not the case for one Huntsville mother and her child.

It was a typical Saturday for Alisa Crutcher and her 9-year-old daughter Tiana. They made a trip to Parkway Place Mall when Tiana requested to jump on the “Mall Jump” bungee trampoline experience in the food court.

When it was finally her turn to jump, the bungee cord broke while she was in mid-air, propelling Tiana to the side of the trampoline and she hit the floor.

Crutcher said her thought was that of any mother.

“Of course, your first initial reaction when it’s your child is ‘Oh my God’,” Crutcher said.

HEMSI responded to the medical call for Tiana, but thankfully she was not hurt. However, the story does not end there.

Other people witnessed it, then went to Facebook to comment on the incident. Many of them warned parents about the attraction.

Crutcher made her own post on Facebook hoping to prevent this from happening again

“Something needs to be done about this. Other moms need to know that, don’t let your kids jump on that thing because they are not maintaining it.” Crutcher said.

Mall Jump is the company that owns and operates these attractions. Crutcher said she did not sign a waiver, however, there is a sign on the attraction that states:

“I, the participant, understand and acknowledge that play on this amusement device entails both known and unknown risks including, but not limited to, physical injury from falling...”

“...I expressly agree to indemnify and hold Mall Jump Holdings I, Inc harmless for all such fees and costs.”

Crutcher said she was never contacted by Parkway Place Mall or Mall Jump.

After WAFF 48 made multiple attempts to reach Parkway Place for over a week, the mall released a statement.

“We’re aware of the incident and the operator is closed until all appropriate repairs have been made. Additional questions about this situation should be directed to the operator.”

Crutcher says she feels blessed and knows things could have been much worse.

“She was very blessed, she is definitely blessed. She is a tough little country girl,” Crutcher said.

WAFF 48 reached out to Mall Jump multiple times via email for a statement, since we were unable to locate a phone number, but so far have heard nothing back.

We were told the attraction was shut down right after the incident. We visited the attraction two times within the last week, and both times it was closed.

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