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Fall at Starved Rock

Posted by wlpo on March 25, 2012

Utica Fire Chief Gary Gbur and Sgt. Robert Frazier of the Conservation Police agree on two things. Starved Rock is beautiful and…. you’re safer on its trails. A 19-year Atkinson woman, however, did not take that advice. Danielle Stogsdill followed 20-year old Travis Ashley down the side of Owl Canyon about 3pm Saturday. Stogsdill lost her footing and fell forty feet. Gbur said paramedics and rescuers repelled down and carried the two up the wall and out of the canyon. Frazier said Stogsdill was life-flighted to St. Francis Hospital. She’s reported in fair condition. Ashley will be cited with unlawful climbing and being in a restricted area. Stogsdill could also face charges.

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