NEWTON COUNTY, Ark. — A South Dakota college student fell 100 feet to her death from a cliff in Ozark National Park while hiking on a class trip over the weekend.
Briar Cliff University student Andrea Norton, 20, was repositioning herself for a photo at the well-known Hawksbill Crag when the accident happened Saturday, according to KARK-TV.
"We are, once again, reminded of how dangerous these wild places can be," Sheriff Glenn Wheeler said, KARK reported.
"Hawksbill Crag is a spectacular location that thousands of people visit and enjoy each year. But, one stumble or misstep is all it can take to turn a great day into a tragic one. I want everyone to enjoy our county but use extreme caution and respect how dangerous these places can be. I don't want any other families going through what Andrea's family is now facing," Wheeler said.
Wheeler said the emergency call over Norton’s fall is the second so far this year to the popular hiking destination.
A 22-year-old Fordham University student, Sydney Monfries, also lost her life in a fall early Sunday when she snuck to the top of the school’s Keating Hall clock tower with a group of students. Monfries fell from a third-floor landing, suffering fatal injuries.
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