Child suffers thermal burns in Yellowstone NP

JACKSON, Wyo. — A toddler was severely burned today in Yellowstone after falling into a smaller thermal feature near Midway Geyser Basin.

At approximately 11:39 a.m. on Friday, October 9, a three-year old suffered second-degree-thermal burns to the lower body and back. The incident occurred near the Fountain Freight Road, near Midway Geyser Basin after the child took off running from a trail, slipped, and fell into a small thermal feature.

Due to the severity of the injuries, the child was life-flighted to the Burn Center at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.

The incident remains under investigation. No photos or video of the incident are available.

Visitors are reminded the ground in hydrothermal areas is fragile and thin, and there is scalding water just below the surface. For their own safety, visitors must always remain on boardwalks and trails and exercise extreme caution around thermal features.

The accident marks the second significant injury in a thermal area in 2020. In May of this year a visitor who illegally entered the park fell into a thermal feature at Old Faithful while backing up and taking photos.

In September 2019, a man suffered severe burns after falling into thermal water near the cone of Old Faithful Geyser.

In June 2017, a man sustained severe burns after falling in a hot spring in the Lower Geyser Basin.

In June 2016, a man left the boardwalk and died after slipping into a hot spring in Norris Geyser Basin. In August 2000, one person died and two people received severe burns from falling into a hot spring in the Lower Geyser Basin.

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