Kids treated for heat exhaustion

BARNHART, Mo. - Eight people including seven children have been treated for heat exhaustion, including one girl who was taken to the hospital, after a charter bus broke down from a five-day church camp trip, according to Glen Nivens with the Antonia Fire Protection District.

The Eagle Point Community Church, which is located in Imperial, held the five-day camp at the Lake of the Ozarks. A group of almost 60 people ranging between 12 and adult were on one bus when the air conditioner broke down.

The first person to feel sick Thursday afternoon was an adult female. Around Barnhart they stopped the bus so she could get into an air conditioned car and eventually to St. Anthony's Medical Center.

Grace Heine was on the bus and says the fans were still blowing but they couldn't roll down the windows so it got up to 80 degrees inside.

"It was warm, but nothing unbearable," said Heine.

The bus driver then stopped at a Walgreens store at Highway M and Catlin Drive when others started showing signs of heat exhaustion.

"We had one student who just had asthma and we sent her and they just took her luggage up to St. Anthony's and they are checking her out," said youth pastor Champ Callahan.

Six other students were checked out at the clinic inside the Walgreens.

"We ended up just going and lining up making sure everyone is okay," said Callahan.

"Walgreens was very nice to let us come in and hang out in their cosmetic's aisle," said Heine. "It was scary in the moment, but once everybody got cooled down and relaxed it was okay."

NewsChannel 5 is told everybody is doing just fine.


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