Pair stuck 80 feet up, four hours at Kankakee County Quarry


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KANKAKEE – Two people are recovering this morning after being stuck in fringed conditions for over four hours at Vulcan Materials Quarry in Lehigh.

The pair had reportedly climbed onto a 200 foot tall pile in another area of the Quarry and became stuck on the ledge on the way down in another spot.

Emergency personnel responded to a call just before 12:30 am this morning. During the rescue attempt, first responders had to carve a path in stone and snow to rescue the duo. It wasn’t until four hours after the call the victims were rescued and transported to a local hospital.

“On arrival, crews found two female subjects on a small ledge on a gravel pile that is approximately 200 feet in height. The subjects were approximately 80 feet up in an area that is not accessible by vehicles. They had climbed the pile in another area and in the way down became stuck on the ledge.” Limestone Township Fire Protection District personnel said Monday.

Kankakee River Valley Metro was on site to provided a bus that was used by responders as a warming center.

No further details were provided on the condition of the victims.

Multiple crews responded to the scene, including Limestone/Salina Fire Technical Rescue, Kankakee County Technical Rescue Team, and crews from Aroma, Bourbonnais, Herscher, and Kankakee Fire.


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