Freak Accident Claims the Life of 12 Year-old Boy in the Adirondacks
A freak accident has claimed the life of a hiker in the Adirondacks.
Essex County Coroner Frank Whitelaw said that a boulder weighing approximately between eight and nine hundred pounds came loose and fell about thirty feet, hitting two people below.
The accident happened Sunday at. Roaring Brook Falls.
Syracuse.com reports that an unidentified twelve year old boy from Washington County, NY was hiking with his uncle when the large rock rolled over him and pinned him up against a downed tree. Rescue squads performed CPR for forty five minutes before the boy was pronounced dead.
The uncle's injuries were only minor, though is said to be understandably distraught.
The Essex County Coroner's Office and New York State Police are investigating the death.
This is the second hiker who has died recently in the Adirondacks. A 61 year-old hiker from Wilmington, Delaware was found dead near the top of MacNaughton Mountain after dying of hypothermia.