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8 year old boy hospitalized after falling at Starved Rock State Park

Posted by wlpo on September 5, 2011

Starved Rock State Park was a popular destination for families this weekend.  For a family in Cherry, it turned serious when an 8 year old fell 26 feet into Basswood Canyon.

Conservation Police Sgt.  Robert Frazier says the boy was climbing in a restricted area and fell late Sunday afternoon.  The boy was airlifted from the park to St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.  His condition wasn’t available, though he reportedly underwent surgery Sunday night.

Illinois State Police and members of the Utica Fire and Ambulance district also helped with the rescue.

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