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Officials: Woman rescued on closed hiking trail to face fine

June 3, 2019

JIM THJORPE, Pa. (AP) — Officials say a woman rescued after being injured on a closed eastern Pennsylvania hiking trail will face a fine.

Jim Thorpe fire officials say about 25 first responders spent hours Sunday on the rescue at Glen Onoko Falls trail at Lehigh Gorge State Park.

Fire Chief Vince Yaich said the 21-year-old woman said “she felt her knee give out” and believed it was dislocated.

Tim Rossman, chief of the Lehigh and Lausanne Rural Volunteer Fire Company, said the rescue was the first since the trail was closed, and “by now we figured there’d be more” rescues.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission closed the trail May 1, saying it had become too dangerous. At least 15 people have died and more than 80 have been injured on the steep, slippery trail.

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