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Woman dies after fall on closed scenic hiking trail in Pennsylvania – CBS Pittsburgh

JIM THORPE, Pa. (AP) — A woman has died after falling while hiking with a group on a scenic trail that was closed by the state three years ago due to safety concerns.

State Police were called to a site near Glen Onoko Falls in Carbon County around 10:30 a.m. Sunday. There they were met by several emergency responders who had carried the 72-year-old woman down the mountain near the first of three waterfalls at the site, officials said on a trip over “treacherous, steep terrain and covered in ice.

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The woman, whose name has not been released, suffered a head injury and was taken to hospital but was pronounced dead there shortly afterwards. She was a member of the Philadelphia Korean Hiking Club, which authorities say chartered a bus for 22 members to get to the trail.

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No other injuries were reported.

The hiking trail, one of the most scenic and well-known hiking trails in all of Pennsylvania, was closed in 2019 due to hazardous conditions. At least 10 people have died along the steep, rocky and slippery trail since the 1970s, and there have been dozens of serious injuries over the years, straining the all-volunteer rescue teams that serve the mountainous region 135 kilometers north of Philadelphia. .

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