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One dies, one injured after falls in Hocking Hills
The two fell more than 50 feet while hiking the state park in southeast Ohio

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One person died and another was hurt in separate falls at Hocking Hills State Park in southeast Ohio this weekend. As Michael Locklear of member station WOUB reports, both fell more than 50 feet after straying from marked trails.

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A college student was hiking with friends at Old Man’s Cave when they went off the trail.

A spokesman for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources says the 19-year-old climbed a rock wall but lost his grip on the way back down. Josias Rodriguez fell 60 feet and died Saturday afternoon. Ohio Christian University says he was a sophomore at its campus in Circleville. It canceled finals today and a memorial service is scheduled for this afternoon.

In a separate accident, a 23-year-old woman fell 100 feet after leaving a trail in Hocking Hills. She was life-flighted to a Columbus hospital where she had surgery Saturday night.

The ODNR spokesman wasn't sure of her name or her condition. 

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hiking is a serious thing, take it from me who has been many miles on trails with my 3 dogs. It only takes one slip. It upsets me when I see published 'lists' of reasons to stay on the trail that are only to make you laugh. I can see the lighthearted side of being on vacation but at HHSP it can be dangerous. I want to see someone address this issue publicly and bring to light the dangers to hikers before its too late.

Posted by: pam boyle (new straitsville ohio) on February 22, 2014 9:02AM
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