TX teen seriously injured after falling from AR bluff over the weekend

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PONCA, Ark. (AP) — Authorities say a 15-year-old Texas boy was seriously hurt after falling from a bluff in Arkansas’ Ozark Mountains, one week after an Iowa college student fell to her death in the same area.

Newton County Sheriff Glenn Wheeler says the boy was hiking Saturday with family when he slipped and fell about 15 feet (4.5 meters) at Mule Tail Falls, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) northwest of Little Rock. The sheriff says the boy severely injured his legs and also had facial injuries.

The area is on the trail to Hawksbill Crag, a scenic overlook that’s popular with hikers and photographers.

Last week, 20-year-old Andrea Norton was with a group of college students from Sioux City, Iowa, when she fell about 100 feet (30 meters) off Hawksbill Crag and died.

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