ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – 911 calls moments after the ground gave way beneath students on a field trip to a St. Paul park show the frantic confusion as chaperons tried to account for the children.
A bluff at the riverside park collapsed, killing two fourth-grade students and injuring two others from Peter Hobart Elementary School in St. Louis Park last month. Six chaperons were with the 40 children at Lilydale Regional Park. One unidentified female caller struggled to tell a dispatcher where the collapse had occurred in the park. The caller directs someone to count the children as she talks to the dispatcher and tries to comfort a partially-buried child.
Minnesota Public Radio News says another caller tells the dispatcher that two children are missing in the collapse and that she could hear approaching sirens.