Child sustains thermal burns in Yellowstone National Park

Posted at 2:58 PM, Oct 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-09 16:58:42-04

Yellowstone National Park officials said in a news release that a 3-year old child sustained serious burns after falling into a thermal feature at the park.

It happened at about 11:40 a.m. on Friday near Fountain Freight Road, which is near Midway Geyser Basin.

The child reportedly began running from the trail, slipped, and fell into a small thermal feature, and sustained second-degree thermal burns to the lower body and back.

Due to the injuries, the child was airlifted to the Burn Center at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.

No other details have been released; we will update you if we get more information.

Park officials caution that the ground in hydrothermal areas is fragile and thin, and there is scalding water just below the surface. Visitors must always remain on boardwalks and trails and exercise extreme caution around thermal features.

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