Law enforcement agencies around the St. Louis region are joining forces keep the roads safe during the upcoming "Ride of the Century" motorcycle event.
Hundreds or motorcyclists will converge on the area over Labor Day weekend (Aug. 30-Sep. 1). The Missouri Highway Patrol, St. Louis County Police and police in the City of St. Louis will be working together to crack down on unsafe stunt riding again this year.
In the past, these riders have been known to block traffic, drive erratically, and evade police all while performing dangerous stunts on crowded roads. Last year, more than 2,500 riders converged on the city for the event. Nineteen people were arrested and several riders were injured. In 2011, two riders were killed.
Two jockeys are recovering from injuries and a horse has been euthanized after a racetrack collision at Fairmont Park.
It happened just as the horses turned into the final stretch of the third race yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon. Fairmont officials say the No. 2 horse, Shakkarena, ridden by jockey Robert Cummings, fell because of a leg injury. The No. 5 horse, She’s on Her Way, ridden by Rohan Singh, was unable to avoid the fallen horse and also tumbled.
Shakkarena had to be euthanized because of the serious leg injury.
She's on Her Way didn't appear to be injured in the collision.
Both jockeys are hospitalized with serious injuries.
A heat wave is taking hold of the metro-area and reminding us that it's August in St. Louis.
The National Weather Services has issued a heat advisory for the St. Louis area from noon Tuesday until 7:00 Saturday evening.
Temperatures are expected to rise into the mid and upper 90's, with heat indices around 100 over the next several days. There will be little relief at night, especially in the urban heat island of St. Louis.
At least a few schools are closing early today as a precaution. They include the Legacy Christian Academy in Caseyville which will close at noon and St. John the Baptist in Villa Ridge which plans to close at 11:30. Also, all schools in the Bunker Hill District are closing at 2 p.m. today.
And the extreme heat is forcing some high school football teams to change game times this weekend. Hazelwood School District officials rescheduled games for Hazelwood Centrals and Hazelwood East. Both games have been moved from 1 PM to 10 AM.
Extra precaution is warranted, especially for those spending time outside. OSHA recommends drinking extra water and taking frequent breaks in the shade or in air conditioning.
For information about cooling centers, call the United Way by dialing 2-1-1 from any land line phone. Or call 1-800-427-4626.