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St. Paul hires expert to analyze Lilydale Park landslide area

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    Thursday, May 23 2013 10:19 PM EDT2013-05-24 02:19:55 GMT
    Photo courtesy of the St. Paul Fire DepartmentPhoto courtesy of the St. Paul Fire Department
    Nearly 50 fourth-grade students were searching for fossils in a popular St. Paul park on Wednesday when the unthinkable happened -- a landslide swept up four children who had no time to react or escape.
    Nearly 50 fourth-grade students were searching for fossils in a popular St. Paul park on Wednesday when the unthinkable happened -- a landslide swept up four children who had no time to react or escape.
  • Lilydale Park landslide: Body of 4th grader found, area of park closed

    Lilydale Park landslide: Body of missing 4th grader found

    Thursday, May 23 2013 6:08 PM EDT2013-05-23 22:08:22 GMT
    A landslide at Lilydale Regional Park in St. Paul took the lives of two fourth-graders and left another two injured, all on a school field trip. The body of the last missing child was found Thursday morning.
    A landslide at Lilydale Regional Park in St. Paul took the lives of two fourth-graders and left another two injured, all on a school field trip. The body of the last missing child was found Thursday morning.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -

The city of St. Paul has hired a geotechnical expert to examine the site at Lilydale Regional Park where four fourth-grade students were trapped in a landslide during a fossil-hunting field trip.

Two of the students died.

"In order to help us understand what caused the landslide in Lilydale Regional Park, the city of St. Paul has retained Northern Technologies Incorporated to examine the site," city parks director Mike Hahm said. "With particular expertise in the evaluation of collapses and natural disasters, we expect their work to provide us with a better comprehension of what caused this tragic accident."

The analysis of the site is expected to be complete within the next several weeks. Access to Lilydale Park has been limited and the fossil area will remain closed indefinitely.

City officials said the fossil yard is a popular destination for school trips, with the city issuing more than 400 permits a year so that student groups can explore the 384-acre park.

Nearly 50 fourth-grade students from Peter Hobart Elementary School in St Louis Park were searching for fossils on Wednesday when the gravel slide swept up four children.

After an hour of searching through the muddy soil, rescue crews found 9-year-old Haysem Sani's body Wednesday evening. Thursday morning, crews recovered the body of 10-year-old Mohamed Fofana, who had been unaccounted for immediately following the disaster. He was found about four feet away from Sani.

A copy of the permit contract obtained by FOX 9 News shows the school could have requested a rain date as long as the permit office was notified prior to the end of the reservation time.

The permit also exempts the city of St. Paul from any and all claims that may arise while a park user is on the property, reading in part, "the park user fully acknowledges that some of the conditions and locations within the Lilydale Regional Park area are hazardous to persons or property and park user specifically assumes the liability of the city of St. Paul as such claims or injuries may arise to persons and property due to its unsafe conditions."

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