The Madison County Coroner’s Office is investigating what appears to be a weather-related death due to snow removal activities.
66 year old Carl W. Walker, of Alton, was removing snow with his snow blower Thursday morning and reportedly developed shortness of breath. He went inside his residence where his wife called 911. Walker was transported to St. Anthony’s Hospital and he was pronounced dead at 9:51 a.m.
Madison County Coroner Steve Nonn said with forecasts in the coming days calling for additional snow and bitterly cold temperatures, residents are reminded to be mindful of the dangers of frostbite and hypothermia. People with heart disease and other pre-existing conditions are advised to be extra cautious in the days to come.