911 Transcripts Show Struggle To Connect After Lilydale Landslide

Web Extra: 911 Transcripts: Tape 1, Tape 2

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — In the frantic first minutes of a St. Paul field trip tragedy, chaperones and emergency workers struggled to connect.

Two children from an elementary school in St. Louis Park were killed in a landslide in Lilydale Regional Park in last month.

Transcripts of 911 calls show field-trip supervisors had a hard time explaining exactly where help was needed in the park.

And once emergency crews were there, they had a hard time finding the kids.

In one phone call, a chaperone says, “Good God. I can hear sirens everywhere, but I don’t see anybody.”

She repeatedly pleads with the dispatcher to get the emergency trucks to stop, and explains she can’t flag them down because she’s “trapped in the park behind a chained fence.”

The city has closed the park while it investigates what caused the landslide.

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