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Falling rock injures Thacher Park hiker; Indian Ladder trail closed

Falling rock injures Thacher Park hiker; Indian Ladder trail closed

'She did not fall off the trail, but she dropped'
Falling rock injures Thacher Park hiker; Indian Ladder trail closed
A view of John Boyd Thacher State Park in July 2015.
Photographer: Stephen Williams

VOORHEESVILLE — A woman was injured Sunday afternoon when she was struck by a falling rock while hiking the Indian Ladder Trail at John Boyd Thacher State Park in Voorheesville.

Fire department officials said the 60-year-old woman was taken to Albany Medical Center for treatment. Her identity has not been released.

The Indian Ladder Trail was closed after the incident.

Mary Alice Molgard, media officer for the Berne Fire District, said the woman was hiking with at least two other people when the rock struck her in the head around noon.

“She did not fall off the trail, but she dropped,” Molgard said.

The woman’s friends called for help, and members of the New Salem and East Berne fire departments and EMTs from the Albany County Sheriff’s Department rushed to the scene. Personnel at the scene used a Stokes basket, a hard plastic and metal stretcher-like basket that can hold a body, during the rescue.

“She was also on a backboard which was placed into the basket and she was strapped in,” Molgard said, adding that the ascent to higher ground was difficult.

“There were 10 to 12 firefighters, EMTs, sheriff’s deputies, state police, all helping to get her up,” Molgard said. “It’s not easy to carry a person that distance, and up such a steep slope.”

Molgard said that once on higher ground, the woman was unable to speak.

“The trail has been closed,” Molgard added. “It will be closed for the foreseeable future.”

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