A kayaker is safe this morning following a dramatic rescue from the Missouri River Sunday afternoon.
Firefighters report that around 4:30 p.m. witnesses saw the man's kayak flip, throwing him into the water. His kayak broke apart and sank.
It happened between Howell Island and the St. Louis County riverbank west of Chesterfield Valley and Spirit of St. Louis Airport.
Fire officials say the man stayed afloat by clinging to a log until rescuers reached him. He was taken to a hospital to be evaluated for hypothermia.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri transportation officials are urging motorists to be cautious in highway work zones.
The reminder comes as the Transportation Department prepares for spring and summer roadwork. It also coincides with National Work Zone Awareness Week.
A Missouri law approved last year requires drivers to change lanes and yield for transportation agency vehicles with amber or white lights, including those marked for emergency response or motorist assistance.
MoDOT says that 16 of its workers have been killed on the job since 2000. MoDOT employee Clifton Scott was struck and killed on Interstate 70 in Independence last September, while helping reroute traffic around the scene of a four-vehicle accident.
A day after a Normandy High School student died following an incident at the school, police are still trying to piece together what happened.
KMOV TV reports police say the 15-year-old student collapsed after another student, 14, reportedly struck him in the chest.
Officers say the interaction was believed to be friendly, and the students were simply horsing around. After the student collapsed, he was taken to St. Louis Children’s Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
The incident was believed to have happened shortly before 1 p.m. Thursday. It is unknown if the student suffered from a preexisting medical condition that may have led to the collapse. Police are currently collecting statements from other student witnesses.