Officials: Teen falls 30 feet from cliff while hiking in Princeton

PRINCETON, MASS. (WHDH) - A 17-year-old hiker was injured Tuesday morning when he slipped and fell about 30 feet from a cliff in Princeton, officials said.

Rescue crews responding to a remote wooded area near Hobbs Road about 10:30 a.m. found an unconscious boy laying on his back, according to Princeton Fire Chief John Bennett.

“He was standing on top of the cliff. We understand that he grabbed onto a tree branch and the tree branch broke,” Bennett said. “He proceeded to fall off the cliff, landing about 30 feet down on his back.”

Friends of the victim ran out of the woods to regain cell service and were able to call for help. They then helped guide firefighters through the woods.

It took first responders about an hour to reach the teenager. He was driven out of the woods on a four-wheeler and taken to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester.

Bennett said the teenager was “highly unresponsive” and that he likely suffered some “pretty good” head injuries.

He was said to be speaking with a trauma team upon arriving at the hospital.

His name has not been released.

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