University student dies after falling off 100-foot cliff

Andrea Norton             
    Briar Cliff University

Andrea Norton Briar Cliff University

Andrea died Saturday, April 13, after falling off a cliff in Arkansas while on an environmental science class trip with friends from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa, her mother said.

Briar Cliff University junior Andrea Norton was re-positioning herself for a picture Saturday when she fell from Hawksbill Crag, a popular hiking destination near Jasper, the Sioux City Journal reported.

The group was walking near a cliff called Hawksbill Crag when Norton, attempting to move from one area of the Crag to another, lost her footing and fell approximately 100 feet, according to authorities.

People at the scene hiked down to help Andrea, but she died upon impact, said Glenn Wheeler, Newton County sheriff.

More than 60 people responded to the scene, and it took nearly five hours to recover her body.

The area is known for being a great place to snap a photo but several people have died in the hiking area in the past few years, Wheeler told CBS News.

Speaking to how risky the area is known to be, Wheeler told ABC news, "One stumble or misstep is all it can take to turn a great day into a tragic one".

A spokesman from Briar Cliff University said: "Andrea was a passionate environmental science major, exemplary student and dedicated athlete". The school is working out arrangements with Norton's family for a memorial service in the near future, a BCU spokeswoman said Sunday afternoon. "Everybody talks about that light" in her whether or not they knew the meaning of her names.

The young woman was attending the school on scholarship for symphony choir and women's volleyball.

'The Charger volleyball family is at a loss for words after hearing of the loss of Andrea Norton. #22 on the court, #1 in our hearts.

"She maintained her fierce love for life, her friends and her family".

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