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Belvidere teen hurt after fall at Starved Rock

Posted by wlpo on September 4, 2016

A 17 year old Belvidere teen was life-flighted to Rockford in serious condition Sunday after falling 50 feet in Starved Rock State Park.  Utica Fire Chief Ben Brown said they received a call about 12:40 regarding a fall in Pontiac Canyon about a half mile east of the Visitors Center. The park was closed at the time after reaching capacity and park staff worked to keep the road open.

The young man apparently hit his head on the rocks as he landed, but remained conscious while EMS prepped him for transport across the river.  Brown termed his condition serious. Brown also said he had gone off the trail.  It is unknown if he or his 2 friends will be ticketed by Conservation Police.

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