4th-Grade Field Trip Turns Deadly in Minnesota
At least one child killed in mudslide at Lilydale Regional Park
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted May 23, 2013 6:04 AM CDT
Updated May 23, 2013 7:40 AM CDT
Rescue personnel work near the scene of a rockslide that killed at least one elementary school student on a field trip to Lilydale Regional park, Wednesday, May 22, 2013 in St. Paul, Minn.   (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Nicole Norfleet)

(Newser) – A fourth-grade field trip to a Minnesota park ended in tragedy yesterday, after the rain-soaked slope the nearly 50 students were hiking on gave way, killing at least one child. A search for a second buried child was halted overnight after a search dog was unable to detect the student's scent amid dangerous conditions. The Star Tribune reports that the search will resume this morning at Lilydale Regional Park, a popular St. Paul destination for fossil-seeking elementary school students.

The Peter Hobart Elementary School students fell about 30 feet when the mud, sand, and gravel path they were hiking on collapsed around 1:15pm, says a fire marshal. The rescue effort was hampered by the mudslide's location (about a quarter-mile off the road) and the conditions it brought with it: Rescuers found themselves waist-deep in mud, initially with only their hands to dig with; fears of a second collapse persisted throughout the day; and two firefighters were themselves injured. One child was rescued after 45 minutes; a second sustained an ankle injury, and both were taken to the hospital. Says the parent of a 9-year-old on the trip: "He said it sounded like a cannon. He saw a tree was falling down the cliff ... and he could hear his classmates in the lower area yelling and screaming."

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May 23, 2013 8:44 AM CDT
Since it was a school system involved they will just calk it up to one of those tragic accidents instead of man slaughter the a parents of there own kids would face under the same situation of hiking on a trail that is in danger of becoming a land slide. Watch the double standard of law enforcement against government compared to the people. This act of reckless endangerment and manslaughter needs to be brought against the school employees that planned this trip and then administrators that approved it. We need to find out if any of the parents of the kids that got killed, injured and traumatized were ever ask there permission for the exercise in stupidity done by adults against kids. It would be nice if this media would do more then a blurb about his and go in-depth to report on these issues I raise and more. Everyone that is involved with the slaughter, even the bus driver/drivers that transported these kids to the crime scene should be arrested, and a jury given the chance to decide if they are guilty of manslaughter.
May 23, 2013 8:43 AM CDT
Everyday we are reminded just how uncertain life is for humanity. The human condition is a frail and fragile one at best. A prayer for healing for the survivors of this tragedy, and a prayer for eternal peace for those that are lost.
May 23, 2013 8:08 AM CDT
to realtruth. This is not the place to spout, you mouth off. Stick with the subject. I have deleted your sick comment.