1 Child Killed, 2 Rescued after Gravel Slide at Minn. Park

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KARE 11) - Authorities say one child is dead and another is still missing after at a gravel slide at Lilydale Park in St. Paul on Wednesday afternoon.

Two children were rescued and taken to Regions Hospital, officials said.

First responders were initially digging by hand to reach victims, who are 4th grade students from St. Louis Park's Peter Hobart Elementary School. The students were on a field tip collecting fossils in the fossil yard at the park.

Officials said the children were on a field trip when the ground gave way. Fire Marshal Steve Zaccard says the ground is soft after several days of rain.

"Thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the children and to our first responders who continue to deal with the situation as it develops," said St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman.

One child was freed shortly before 2 p.m. That child appeared to be a young girl who was conscious and being treated by medics. She and another child were taken to Regions Hospital, officials said.

A firefighter was also injured in the search. He was struck by a falling rock to the head, but is expected to be OK, Zaccard said.

Public works officials say the park's trails and caves are popular with school field trips.

Lilydale Park is located between Cherokee Avenue and Lilydale Road.

KARE 11 has multiple crews on the scene and will have details as they become available. We'll have the latest on KARE 11 news at 4, 5 and 6.

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