Man, 21, Suffers Head Injury In 30-Foot Fall From Signal Mountain Trail; 2nd Injury Reported On Signal Trail

Saturday, October 5, 2013

A 21-year-old man suffered a head injury after falling 30 feet after going hiking on Signal Mountain on Saturday morning.

The Signal Mountain Fire Department requested Walden's Ridge Emergency Services for assistance at Signal Point Trail after the fall. 

The man had gone hiking with friends on Signal Point Trail. He stopped at an overlook and fell down the rocky bluff. 

Friends called 911 for help.  

Chief Eric Mitchell, Signal Mountain Fire Department, reported, "The victim fell 30 feet down and landed on the trail below. So the extrication process only took 30 minutes." 

He was transported via ground by Hamilton County EMS to Erlanger Hospital.

Officials said, "His name is unknown or if he is a resident of Signal Mountain."

Chief Mitchell also mentioned Signal Point Trail is a National Park trail and is closed due to the government shutdown. "There are signs posted at the trail entrance that the park was closed," said Chief Mitchell.

In a second incident on Saturday, a 16-year-old was injured on Falling Water Trail on Signal Mountain.

According to Walden's Ridge Emergency Services personnel, a 911 call was made at 1:05 p.m. reporting the teen had a possible leg injury.

When the first unit arrived, they entered the trail, hiked about 200 yards, and found a teenager with an ankle fracture. WRES personnel stabilized him and carried him out in a Stokes stretcher. 

Fire officials reported the victim and his step-dad were riding horses on Falling Water Trail. They stopped to give the horses a break and admire the scenery. The teenager slipped and fell six feet down the trail and broke his right ankle. 

The name of the victim was not available, but they are from the Signal Mountain area and know the trails well.

Falling Water Trail is in a state park and is not affected by the governmental shutdown. This trail is open to the public but hikers are encouraged to be careful on the rocky and rough terrains.


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