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Fatal fall at quarry warns others of life-threatening risks

'You can lose your footing'

UNION TWP., Pa. - A GoFundMe page has been set up for a young woman who died after slipping and falling 300 feet in a quarry in Berks County.

Elizabeth McKibbin left behind two children and a fiance. First responders said they hope the tragedy will remind people to heed no trespassing warnings.

McKibbin, 27, of Elverson, Chester County, had been partying and drinking with friends just before 6 p.m. Saturday, when she fell while dancing atop a flat rock, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Jonathan Carola, a deputy fire chief with the Friendship Fire Company #1 of Geigertown, was one of the first on the scene.

Carola said people who frequent such areas may have a false sense of security, thinking they know their way around, but never factoring how erosion can change a landscape.

"These rocks they get lose. People come, they walk along the top of them and a rock, you can lose your footing and you accidentally fall," Carola said.

He said it's a tragic situation that proves a trespassing citation isn't the only risk.

"Each summer, we have medical assist calls for someone falling off the rock face," said Carola.


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