Delaware man dies hiking in western Mass.AP , Associated Press
Aug. 22, 2013 6:37 PM ET
SHEFFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say a Delaware man hiking the Appalachian Trail in western Massachusetts has died after a 35-foot fall down a steep ravine.
Sheffield Police Chief Eric Munson identified the victim Thursday as 28-year-old Benjamin Lewis of Newark, Del.
Munson tells The Berkshire Eagle (http://bit.ly/16SngWe) Lewis fell Wednesday afternoon at Race Brook Falls near the Connecticut border. He said it was "an unfortunate accident."
The chief said Lewis was hiking with his 22-year-old brother Luke, who didn't see the fall. He wasn't injured.
Munson says he was one of the first people on the scene after getting an emergency call at about 1:45 p.m. He said arrived to find a group of college students trying to help Lewis. He died as rescuers rushed him from the scene.
As many as 50 people helped in the rescue.
Information from: The Berkshire (Mass.) Eagle, http://www.berkshireeagle.com