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.
Our deepest thoughts and prayers go out to the Briar Cliff Women’s Volleyball Team with the passing of Andrea Norton. pic.twitter.com/4qJfzykN1U— Jimmie Volleyball (@UJVolleyball) April 15, 2019
"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.
College student dies in cliff fall while positioning herself for a photo— News Asia (@Asian_News__) April 16, 2019
Andrea Norton is the second person to fall this year at the popular hiking spot, Hawksbill Crag.https://t.co/dvEY9Sk2RI https://t.co/xS7lSZk2aV
Andrea Norton fell to her death while she was in the area on a class-related trip. https://t.co/9mR83zE1mw— The Baxter Bulletin (@BBnewsroom) April 13, 2019
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