Briar Cliff player Norton falls off cliff, dies in Arkansas

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Briar Cliff University volleyball player Andrea Norton died this past weekend when she fell off of a cliff. The incident happened on Saturday in the Ozark National Forest in Arkansas.

Norton was visiting the area on Saturday on a class activity, according to the Newton County Sheriff’s Office.

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The authorities said that the group that included Norton were walking near a cliff that is known as Hawksbill Crag. She allegedly tried to move from the Crag to another cliff when she lost her footing.

She approx. fell 100 feet and died from the accident.

According to Newton County Sheriff Glenn Wheeler, the authorities were called at 9:33 am to recover her body after the fall. He said that the area is dangerous.

“This is the second callout to the area this year that involved a serious fall, and the season is just beginning,” Wheeler said. “I told them there are a lot of people in Arkansas praying for them.”

The school released a statement after her death.

“Our deepest condolences and prayers go to the family and friends of BCU student Andrea Norton,” the school said. “Andrea was a passionate environmental science major, exemplary student and dedicated athlete. She lived BCU’s values in everything she did from the classroom to the court and everywhere she went. Andrea made a tremendous impact on the BCU community and everyone she met and will be greatly missed.

“Please keep her family, friends and BCU family in your thoughts and prayers.

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