Friend says they went off trail at Sac Canyon to get a photo
A victim of what was reported to be about a 30-foot fall Sunday at Sac Canyon in Starved Rock State Park had a fractured leg or ankle, among other possible injuries, after slipping trying to get a photo off the trail.
“He was very lucky,” said Illinois Conservation Police Sgt. Phil Wire. He said the teen had some bleeding around his mouth, and the fall caused the shape of his lower leg to be “distorted.”
He said a ledge prevented the 30-foot plunge from becoming a 60-foot drop. A Utica ambulance took the fall victim to Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru.
Utica firefighters and paramedics were called at 11:50 a.m. Sunday for the fall.
A witness, Dominic Esposito, a Glen Ellyn sophomore, said he and his friend were with a small group that went off the trail to take a photo at the top of Sac Canyon, when his friend started slipping.
Esposito said he tried to grab his hand, but the victim slid down the ice fall. He and his friends didn’t hear the victim for a while and then he heard him yelling.
Conservation police said the teen who fell definitely went off trail into a restricted area before the accident.