A woman died after falling 150 feet while hiking with two family members at Crowders Mountain State Park in Gaston County Saturday afternoon, Gastonia Fire Department spokesman Chris Stowe said.
The 48-year-old woman suffered massive injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene, Stowe said.
The woman fell at The Pinnacle, the park’s highest peak at 1,705 feet, park Superintendent Larry Hyde said.
The woman fell at about 1:20 p.m., Stowe said. About 20 rescue personnel from the Gastonia Fire Department, and Gaston Emergency Medical Services hiked through tough terrain on the Gaston-Cleveland county line to reach the woman, and immediately administered critical care to her, Stowe said.
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The Pinnacle, also referred to as Kings Pinnacle, is on the west side of the mountain.
The Gaston Gazette reported that eyewitnesses said a family was taking photos at the pinnacle when the woman fell.
The victim’s identity was not immediately available.
The two members of her family, one male and one female, were taken to Caromont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia with non-life threatening injuries. “At this time, they are not receiving medical care,” Stowe said Saturday night.
The cause of the fall has been ruled accidental, Stowe said.