A student at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City has died in an accident in Arkansas.
Newton County Arkansas Sheriff Glenn Wheeler says 20-year-old Andrea Norton died after she accidentally fell Saturday from a rock formation near Jasper, about 101 miles northwest of Little Rock. Norton is from Hot Springs, South Dakota and was a member of the Briar Cliff volleyball team.
University President Rachelle Karstens posed a message asking for prayers for Norton, her family and students struggling with the loss of their friend, classmate and teammate. Sheriff Wheeler says Norton was with a group of students from Sioux City, and was reportedly repositioning herself for a photo when she fell about 100 feet off the Hawksbill Crag.
The area is 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 year
(By Woody Gottburg, KSCJ, Sioux City/photo from Briar Cliff University)