Hiker dies Saturday in fall from Hawksbill Crag in Newton County, Ark.

Published: Apr. 13, 2019 at 4:36 PM CDT
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The Newton County, Ark. Sheriff's Office identified a woman who died after falling off Hawksbill Crag cliff Saturday.

The Newton County Sheriff says Andrea Norton, 20, goes to school in Sioux City, Iowa. She is originally from Hot Springs, South Dakota.

Investigators say she was with other students on top of Hawksbill Crag. Witnesses say she re-positioned herself for a photo at the well known spot and fell. More than 60 emergency personnel responded to the fall.

"We are, once again, reminded of how dangerous these wild places can be," Sheriff Glenn Wheeler said. "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 the area is a very popular destination and emergency personnel respond there often.

"This is the second callout to the area this year that involved a serious fall, and the season is just beginning," Wheeler said.