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Medical crews tend to several people at Franklin Graham rally outside state Capitol

Heat blamed for collapse of people attending Christian rally at Capitol

An emergency worker responding to the collapse of several people attending a rally headlined by Christian leader Franklin Graham said that their troubles came from higher-than-expected spring temperatures at the gathering outside the state Capitol
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An emergency worker responding to the collapse of several people attending a rally headlined by Christian leader Franklin Graham said that their troubles came from higher-than-expected spring temperatures at the gathering outside the state Capitol

Seven people are being evaluated by medical personnel Thursday after several of them passed out at a rally being conducted outside the Capitol by evangelist Franklin Graham.

“We have a total of 7 patients at this time,” said Sacramento Fire Department spokesman and firefighter-paramedic Chris Harvey. “Cause (of their medical condition) is unknown. We are still evaluating. We did have some people pass out. We are still getting calls for some people having medical complaint.”

Harvey said complaints are ranging from chest pain to people passing out on the west steps of the Capitol. The weather was cool at mid-day.

Four of the patients had been sent to the hospital at 1:15 p.m. and more were about to be taken by ambulance.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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