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Young male injured in fall from rocks at Willow River State Park

A young male was injured Tuesday night, July 10, when he slipped walking on rocks near Willow Falls in Willow River State Park and fell about 15 feet, according to Park Superintendent Aaron Moen.

According to a neighbor to the state park, a medical helicopter landed at the Hudson Town Hall at about 11 p.m. Tuesday. The man said the town hall is a common spot for air ambulances to land when taking injured person to a Twin Cities hospital.

Moen said the St. Croix County Sheriff's Department gathered most of the information on the accident. The department hadn't responded to a phone call asking for details when this report was posted.

Moen said he thought the accident happened between 9 and 10 p.m., on the south side of the waterfalls. He confirmed that the young male was "had some injuries."

Another person informed the Star-Observer that Hudson emergency response vehicles were observed heading east on Vine Street toward the state park at about 9 p.m.

Moen said a couple of people a year are injured climbing on the rocks surrounding the waterfalls. The injuries are more likely to happen on a summer Saturday afternoon when there are a few hundred people in the area of the waterfalls, he said.

He cautioned park users to be careful in the waterfalls.

"The safest areas are the trails and stairs," he said. "Once you get off onto those rocks, it's slippery."