A 20-year-old college student from South Dakota fell to her death while hiking on a class trip to the Ozarks, officials said.
According to the Associated Press, Andrea Norton, a 20-year-old college student from South Dakota died Saturday after falling 100 feet off a cliff in the Ozark-St. Francis National Forest. She had been re-adjusting herself for a picture with friends from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa.
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.
Norton, a triple major in Biology, Environmental Science and Global Studies, was in her third year at Briar Cliff University, according to her obituary
Witnesses said she repositioned herself for a photo and then fell, CNN affiliate KYTV reported.
Wheeler said 61 emergency personnel responded to the scene, and that Norton lost her footing before she fell approximately 100 feet.
Sheriff Wheeler said Norton’s death was a reminder of how dangerous these popular spots like Hawksbill Crag can be.