An Iowa college student fell 100 feet to her death Saturday at Hawksbill Crag in Newton County, Arkansas.
Andrea Norton, 20, of Hot Springs, South Dakota, fell to her death while she was in the area on a class-related trip, Newton County Sheriff Glenn Wheeler said Saturday. Witnesses told KYTV she re-positioned herself for a photo and then fell.
Norton, a triple major in Biology, Environmental Science and Global Studies, was in her third year at Briar Cliff University, according to her obituary. The university offered its condolences in a Facebook post Saturday.
“She lived BCU’s values in everything she did from the classroom to the court and everywhere she went,” the post read. “Andrea made a tremendous impact on the BCU community and everyone she met and will be greatly missed.”
The sheriff said it was reported initially that two people fell, but there was only one.
Wheeler said 61 people responded to the scene — the majority being volunteers, in addition to several agencies.
Hawksbill Crag is a popular tourist attraction in Newton County. This is not the first fatal fall at the area, the sheriff said.
Because Hawksbill Crag is on U.S. Forest Service wilderness land, Sheriff Wheeler said after a different fatal fall in May 2016 he doubted there would be any effort to install safety fences.
Wheeler said more information on the fall will be released Sunday.
Contributing: N’dea Yancey-Bragg, USA TODAY
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