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College Student Moving for Photo on Crag Falls Off Cliff

Andrea Norton was killed in the Saturday morning incident
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 16, 2019 6:00 AM CDT
College Student Dies in Fall at Ozark National Forest
Andrea Norton.   (handout)

The weekend saw not one but two college students fall to their deaths. Andrea Norton—a junior at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa—was in Arkansas as part of a class activity when she fell roughly 100 feet from a cliff Saturday morning. The group was in the Ozark National Forest and near Hawksbill Crag; Newton County Sheriff Glenn Wheeler tells the Sioux City Journal she was apparently moving to a different part of the crag for a photo when she fell. Wheeler spoke of the area's dangers to ABC News, saying "one stumble or misstep is all it can take to turn a great day into a tragic one."

The Journal reports the crag is so named because it looks much like a hawk's bill. According to Wheeler, it's a popular destination that has seen other deaths and incidents over recent years. KOTA quotes Wheeler as saying, "This is the second callout to the area this year that involved a serious fall, and the season is just beginning." Norton, a South Dakota native, was an environmental science major and a member of the Briar Cliff's volleyball team. "#22 on the courts, #1 in our hearts. Thank you for the prayers, calls, texts and emails," tweeted the team. (More fall stories.)

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