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Pa. woman falls from High Rock

May 08, 1999

PEN MAR - A Waynesboro, Pa., woman was in critical condition Saturday night after falling 35 to 40 feet from High Rock, a popular hang-gliding site in the northeastern corner of Washington County.

Erica Loveland, 18, was taking pictures of the scenic view when she stepped from a rock onto the metal platform used by hang gliders and lost her footing, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Two deputies happened to be patrolling nearby when a witness alerted them about 5:15 p.m. that the woman had just fallen off the cliff, officers said.

Rescue crews climbed down the side of the mountain to treat the girl's head and neck injuries, said Capt. Mark Gibson of Leitersburg Volunteer Fire Co.

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A Maryland State Police helicopter flew to the scene and lowered a basket. Loveland was loaded into the basket, raised into the helicopter and taken to Washington County Hospital, Gibson said.

He said volunteers from Blue Ridge Summit and Smithsburg also responded to the rescue.

- Laura Ernde

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