Girl, ten, is crushed to death when 440lb wooden sculpture topples onto her as she climbs on it at Ukrainian amusement park

  • Anna Zhdan was left with broken skull after statue of a bear and child fell on her 
  • She visited Dubovy Gai park in Zaporizhia, Ukraine, with her parents on Sunday
  • Anna was rushed to Zaporizhia Regional Children’s Hospital but died next day
  • Police launched criminal case for negligence which caused the death of a minor 

A ten-year-old girl was crushed to death by a 440lb wooden sculpture after she climbed on it at an amusement park in Ukraine

Anna Zhdan was left with a broken skull and died in hospital the morning after the chainsaw-carved statue of a bear and a child toppled onto her.

The youngster was visiting Dubovy Gai park with her parents to celebrate International Women’s Day on Sunday.

Ten-year-old Anna Zhdan was crushed to death by a 440 pound wooden sculpture after she climbed on it at an amusement park in Ukraine

Anna was rushed to hospital on a stretcher but she tragically died the next day

Ten-year-old Anna Zhdan was rushed to hospital on a stretcher (right) when a 440 pound wooden sculpture fell on her at an amusement park in Ukraine. She tragically died the next day

Anna was playing in a children’s park while her parents were in an outdoor cafe 300 yards away.

She climbed onto the 441lb wooden bear – which was not firmly fixed to the ground – and it fell on top of her.

A video filmed by a witness shows Anna lying motionless on the ground minutes after the crash while her father calls her name.

Anna climbed onto the 441 pound wooden bear (pictured) - which was not firmly fixed to the ground - and it fell on top of her

Anna climbed onto the 441 pound wooden bear (pictured) – which was not firmly fixed to the ground – and it fell on top of her

A video filmed by a witness shows Anna lying motionless on the ground minutes after the crash while her father calls her name

One paramedic tends to the girl while another two rush in with a stretcher

A video filmed by a witness shows Anna lying motionless on the ground minutes after the crash while her father calls her name

Anna was playing in a children's park when the tragedy occurred. Her parents were just 300 yards away in an outdoor cafe

Anna was playing in a children’s park when the tragedy occurred. Her parents were just 300 yards away in an outdoor cafe

Police launched a criminal case for negligence of duty which caused the death of a minor after the bear - which was not firmly fastened to the floor - fell on Anna

Police launched a criminal case for negligence of duty which caused the death of a minor after the bear – which was not firmly fastened to the floor – fell on Anna

A crew of paramedics can be seen putting the unconscious girl, bleeding from her head, on a stretcher as the distraught father is begging them to save her life.

Anna was rushed to the intensive care unit of Zaporizhia Regional Children’s Hospital in critical condition.

She had an open head injury, internal bleeding and multiple bone fractures to her legs, arms and ribs.

A spokesperson for the hospital said to local media: ‘The girl’s condition was extremely grave. She died without regaining consciousness the following morning after the incident.’

A crew of paramedics can be seen putting the unconscious girl, bleeding from her head, on a stretcher as the distraught father is begging them to save her life

Paramedics rushed Anna to the intensive care unit of Zaporizhia Regional Children's Hospital

A crew of paramedics can be seen putting the unconscious girl, bleeding from her head, on a stretcher as the distraught father is begging them to save her life

Police launched a criminal case for negligence of duty which caused the death of a minor. There have been no arrests so far.

The facility administration was aware of the sculpture danger a long time ago but did nothing to remove it from the park, local media reports.

Oleg Komarenko, the director of the park said: ‘There were warning signs banning children from climbing the sculpture.’

The amusement park's administration was aware of the sculpture danger a long time ago but did nothing to remove it from the park, local media reports. Pictured: The entrance to the park

The amusement park’s administration was aware of the sculpture danger a long time ago but did nothing to remove it from the park, local media reports. Pictured: The entrance to the park

Residents said the wooden bear was installed in 2013 and has fallen several times since then.

Nadiya, who often visits the popular amusement park, said: ‘The bear fell not for the first time. 

‘Children toppled it over several times during the last few years and it was a miracle that nobody was killed back then.

‘After each collapse, the park workers just put the sculpture back in its place without even fixing to the ground.’

The park workers have removed all wooden sculptures from the scene after the tragedy, reports said.

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