LARA SPENCER (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) We’re back now at 7:43, with that terrifying bounce house incident in Colorado. Two children, trapped inside. And their families are now speaking
out for the first time this morning, exclusively to ABC News. Gio Benitez has the story. Gio, good morning. [ABSTRACT FROM PUBLISHER]
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10-YEAR-OLDS RECOUNT TERRIFYING ORDEAL
LARA SPENCER (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) We’re back now at 7:43, with that terrifying bounce house
incident in Colorado. Two children, trapped inside. And their families are now speaking out for the
first time this morning, exclusively to ABC News. Gio Benitez has the story. Gio, good morning.
GRAPHICS: BOUNCE HOUSE SURVIVORS SPEAK OUT
GRAPHICS: 10-YEAR-OLD RECOUNT TERRIFYING ORDEAL
GIO BENITEZ (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) Hey, good morning to you, Lara. You know, the families say
they never expected anything to happen in a bounce house. But over the weekend, near disaster, and
this morning the two little survivors are telling us their story.
PARENT (FEMALE) Oh, my God.
GIO BENITEZ (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) All it took was a gust of wind to flip this blowup slide upside
down, over and over, and spark panic from parents, watching in horror.
PARENT (FEMALE) There’s not a kid in there? There’s not a kid in there is there?
GIO BENITEZ (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) But there were, two kids, in fact. 11-year-old AJ Ruder and 12-
year-old Madison Kelsay. They and their families, now telling the harrowing story, exclusively to ABC
AJ RUDER (11-YEAR-OLD STUCK IN BOUNCE HOUSE) I, like, was picked up into the air. I was just
thrown around a lot, and I couldn’t get a grip on anything.
BRIAN RUDER (AJ’S FATHER) He was emotionless, expressionless. His eyes were open, in shock.
GIO BENITEZ (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) The Ruders and Kelsays say they were at a Littleton, Colorado,
park Saturday, to cheer on AJ and Madison’s siblings at a lacrosse tournament. The blowup slide all
part of the fun and games until.
911 CALLER (FEMALE) We have an emergency, the bouncy castle blew over.
GIO BENITEZ (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) Madison fell off immediately. But AJ was trapped inside,
violently turned and churned along with the slide for 300 feet.
AJ RUDER (11-YEAR-OLD STUCK IN BOUNCE HOUSE) By the time I hit the ground, I pretty much just
MADISON KELSAY (12-YEAR-OLD STUCK IN BOUNCE HOUSE) I remember my mom coming up and
like she started crying.
CASSIE KELSAY (MADISON’S MOTHER) As I got closer, I could see that there was a body laying on the
ground. It was complete terror.
GIO BENITEZ (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) Incredibly, AJ and Madison’s injuries were minor.
KRISTEN RUDER (AJ’S MOTHER) Just so thankful that it wasn’t any worse.
GIO BENITEZ (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) The owner of Air Bound, the company operating the slide
involved in this weekend’s incident, tells ABC News, “we feel terrible for what happened. Safety is our
number one concern.” Adding that the slide was properly staked to the ground at the time. But this
isn’t the first bouncy house horror story. Just last month in upstate New York, two children were
seriously injured when a gust of wind sent this bounce house sailing. And 13 people were sent to the
house after this 2011 bouncy house accident in Long Island. Many lawmakers and parents are asking
for tighter restrictions, something the Ruders and Kelsays say they would very much like to see.
SHANE KELSAY (MADISON’S FATHER) The last thing I want to see is another kid go through this.
GIO BENITEZ (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) And believe it or not, a study shows in 2010, more than 30
kids per day visited an ER because of bounce house injuries. Meanwhile, little AJ says he never wants
to play in one of those again. How scary, huh?
LARA SPENCER (ABC NEWS) I’ll bet.
DAVID MUIR (ABC NEWS) And for the parents who had to watch that. I mean…
LARA SPENCER (ABC NEWS) So glad they’re okay. Thank you, Gio. And coming up here, Jonah Hill is
with us. He’s live, talking about his new movie. And he’s answering questions about his run-in with
the paparazzi that’s made some headlines.
AMY ROBACH (ABC NEWS) And the wedding party that took an unexpected plunge in a Minnesota
lake. How they recovered from this. Their ceremony was just about an hour away.