One child has died after being trapped under a big pile of sand at Lilydale Regional Park in St. Paul (MN) during a school field trip, reports the Twin Cities Pioneer Press.
Two other children were taken to Regions Hospital with injuries and a fourth child is still missing, according to St. Paul Fire Department officials.
The students were part of two fourth-grade classrooms, with 49 students total, from Peter Hobart Elementary School in St. Louis Park who were on a field trip to the park.
St. Paul Fire Department Spokesman Steve Zaccard said the water-saturated soil gave way under the children while they were searching for fossils. The area received about 3.5 inches of rain since Friday.
Rain continued to fall into the afternoon, prompting the 75 emergency responders to halt the rescue operation.
“Now it’s too dangerous to continue even that effort because of the water flowing into the hole” the children were trapped in, Zaccard said.
One firefighter was injured in the rescue after a rock struck him in the head. Rescue workers, including a multi-jurisdictional group trained in this type of recovery, were still on the scene.
“This will become a recovery effort,” Zaccard said.
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