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University student dies after falling off Arkansas cliff while trying to take a photo

Posted at 5:26 AM, Apr 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-16 07:26:21-04
Andrea Norton / BRIAR CLIFF UNIVERSITY

 

JASPER, Ark. – A 20-year-old university student died after falling off a cliff in northwestern Arkansas, authorities said.

Newton County Sheriff Glenn Wheeler says Andrea Norton was fatally injured on Saturday when she accidentally fell from a rock formation near Jasper, about 101 miles northwest of Little Rock.

Wheeler says Norton was with a group of college students from Sioux City, Iowa, and was reportedly re-positioning herself for a photo when she fell about 100 feet off the Hawksbill Crag, a popular hiking destination within the Ozark-St. Francis National Forest.

Wheeler says the crag is widely considered one of Arkansas’ most-photographed hiking areas, and several people have died in falls there in recent years. Also known as Whitaker Point, the rocky outcrop gets its name because it resembles a hawk’s bill.

Briar Cliff University said that Norton, originally from Hot Springs, South Dakota, was a student and member of the school’s volleyball team. “We are saddened by the unexpected passing of our beloved teammate Andrea Norton. #22 on the court, #1 in our hearts,” the team said in a tweet.