Mother of three dies after falling 150 feet at Crowders Mountain

Mother of three dies after falling 150 feet at Crowders Mountain
(Photos courtesy of The Gastonia Fire Department)
(Photos courtesy of The Gastonia Fire Department)
(Jordan Sawyers | WBTV)
(Jordan Sawyers | WBTV)
Rescue crews ascending to reach the victim (Photos courtesy of The Gastonia Fire Department)
Rescue crews ascending to reach the victim (Photos courtesy of The Gastonia Fire Department)

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC (WBTV) - A mother of three died after falling about 150 feet at Crowders Mountain State Park in Gaston County.

Family friends say Stephanie Anderson was the victim of the fatal accident at Crowders Mountain Saturday.

Fire officials say the 48-year-old woman was trying to take a family picture with one of her daughters and husband when she fell Saturday afternoon.

At 1:23 p.m. the call came in to the Gastonia Fire Department reporting that someone fell near the pinnacle train of the park.

Medical personnel ascended the mountain to get to Anderson, and reportedly tried to treat her serious head injuries, but she died on scene.

Officials say she fell from Kings Pinnacle near the Gaston and Cleveland County lines. Kings Pinnacle is one of two main peaks in the park, the other peak is Crowders Mountain.

Her daughter and husband were taken to Caromont Regional Medical Center with minor injuries.

A Union County Public Schools representative confirmed that Anderson was a parent volunteer at Marvin Ridge High School and says counselors will be available for students Monday.

Last year, 577,000 people visited Crowders Mountain State Park and the park had two reported fatal falls.

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