Madison, Illinois (KMOV) – A man in Madison, Illinois suffered a fatal heart attack after shoveling snow.
The Madison County Coroner says that Charles Usrey, 72, of the 1100 block of Reynolds Street had been shoveling snow outside of his residence. Usrey returned inside his home and collapsed. He was taken by ambulance to Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City where he was pronounced dead.
The coroner’s office reminds residents that shoveling snow, especially in the extreme cold can be hazardous to those who are not physically fit.
"It's not just people with heart ailments that have to be cautious in weather like this as the fittest and healthiest have to be wary of frostbite and hypothermia as well as slips, trips, and falls on snow and ice", said Madison County Coroner Stephen Nonn.
Nonn urged people to stay inside if you do not have to go out and, if you have to go out, dress in layers and take frequent breaks to an area of warmth. When traveling, make sure extra time is allowed to travel safely and make sure that your car is equipped with supplies and provisions in the event of a breakdown.