Houston area student killed in fall in Arkansas

March 16, 2010 7:49:49 AM PDT
Two University of Arkansas students, including one from the Houston area, were killed when they fell from a cliff on private land in Franklin County. Another student was hurt trying to come to help them.

Franklin County officials say the fall early Sunday morning claimed the lives of Laura Elizabeth Echols of Fort Smith and Trenton Lee Faith II of Cypress, Texas. Both were 20.

Student Cameron Cooper of Coppell, Texas, suffered a broken pelvis and other injuries as he tried to help the other two who fell in an area near the Mulberry River.

Authorities say Echols was first to fall, then Faith fell while trying to reach Echols. Cooper was airlifted to a hospital and then transferred to a Texas hospital so he could be closer to family.

Authorities were summoned at about 1 a.m. Sunday.


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