Terrifying moment when the roof of a shopping center is torn off by the wind and falls on the head of a Russian 14-year-old girl, making her fight for her life
- Pedestrians only had seconds to try to escape as the roof swept through the sky
- Video shows the moment when the roof comes off and hits two children
- A 14-year-old named Anastasia was crushed under the huge metal structure
- She is in intensive care with a serious head injury in a freak incident
- Police are now investigating alleged security breaches at the mall
- The terrifying ordeal took place in the village of Bizhbulyak in western Russia
A 14-year-old girl has to fight for her life after winds ripped off the roof of a shopping center and sent it crashing down on her head.
A video depicts the terrifying moment when a powerful gust of wind sends the huge metal structure hurled through the air and lands on top of pedestrians in a Russian village.
The young girl, named Anastasia, is in intensive care and suffered serious head injuries in the freak incident.
She was out with a friend in the village of Bizhbulyak in Bahkiria, also known as Bashkortostan, in western Russia.
Footage, apparently filmed from a nearby car, shows the group running away after rushing the roof toward them.
A second later it crashes, all around the children. One emerges from under the crushed roof, apparently avoiding serious injury, and appears to run to find Anastasia.
The roof, which has fallen into a heap, then sways in the wind before falling flat to the ground.
A 14-year-old girl has to fight for her life after winds ripped off the roof of a shopping center and sent it crashing down on her head. Pictured: The young girl and a friend seconds before the freak incident
The young girl, named Anastasia, is in intensive care and suffered serious head injuries when the roof came crashing down on her
An air ambulance took the injured girl to a leading children’s hospital in the capital Ufa, where she underwent brain surgery, said Artur Zaripov, head of the village administration.
“Her condition is stable, but extremely difficult,” he said, adding: “Her mother and close relatives are constantly at her bedside.”
The Russian Commission of Inquiry has opened a criminal case into alleged safety violations that led to the accident.
“Detectives are interviewing eyewitnesses, management and employees of the shopping center,” said a spokesperson.
“There will be a legal assessment of those responsible for the repair, maintenance and operation of the mall.”
The remains of the roof can be seen in a heap on the ground where they fell on the girl after being blown away by the wind