Medical Emergency / Student Search Conducted At Fults Nature Preserve

Medical Emergency / Student Search Conducted At Fults Nature Preserve

(12:30 p.m.) All students who were on the field trip to the Fults Nature Preserve have been located and are safely back in the bus. One student passed out from heat exhaustion and another student was injured in a fall. The victim of heat exhaustion was transported by helicopter to Cardinal Glennon Hospital. The second patient was transported by ambulance. A few other students were treated at the scene for minor, heat related issues. The students are from Cahokia High School.  

There was a tense moment after an initial head count was taken when the incident began. A few of the students were not accounted for. Area firefighters converged on the scene and were soon able to locate everyone and help them all walk down the trail back to Bluff Road. 

Area emergency personnel working at the scene today included the Monroe County Ambulance Service, Monroe County Sheriff's Department, Monroe County Emergency Management, Illinois Conservation Police and firefighters from Maeystown, Valmeyer, Prairie du Rocher, Waterloo and Columbia. 

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(11 a.m.) Emergency personnel are converging on the Fults Nature Preserve along Bluff Road just south of the village of Fults. At 10:30 a.m., a student on a field trip suffered seizures. Maeystown firefighters joined Monroe County EMS and County Sheriff’s deputies in helping that student down to an awaiting ambulance.  

Two other students were listed as being in need of an ambulance for minor, heat-related issues.   

At this point several area firefighting units are assisting teachers in corralling the classmates who have been patiently waiting atop the preserve’s hill trail. All students are getting plenty of water and shade. 

The initial report is the students are not from Monroe County.