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Teen dies at waterfall when 1,000-pound boulder rolls over him

A Florida teenager died when a 1,000-pound boulder rolled over him as he climbed rocks at an Upstate S.C. waterfall on Friday, media outlets reported.

Jacob Bridges Acker of Neptune Beach was killed instantly after he grabbed onto a crevice of the boulder, which separated and fell back onto him, according to FOX Carolina and other news outlets.

Acker was hiking with three others from Florida at Wildcat Falls in northern Greenville County, according to the county coroner’s office, Asheville ABC-TV affiliate WLOS reported.

Wildcat Falls is about 120 miles west of Charlotte via S.C.11 North and Interstate 85 North.

The group stayed in Charlotte Thursday night to go hiking at the falls and arrived there at about 11 a.m. Friday, Greenville County Coroner Jeff Ellis told Greenville NBC-TV affiliate WYFF and other outlets.

The coroner’s office was notified of the death just before 1 p.m., Ellis told media outlets. Acker died of blunt force trauma to his head, Ellis said.

Acker was the sixth or seventh person to have died at the falls, WYFF quoted the chief of the Slater Marietta Fire Department as saying.

Signs are posted warning not to climb on the rocks.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak

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