• Delaware man dies hiking in western Mass.


    SHEFFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Authorities say a Delaware man hiking the Appalachian Trail in western Massachusetts has died after a 35-foot fall down a steep ravine.

    Sheffield Police Chief Eric Munson says he was one of the first people on the scene after getting an emergency call at about 1:45 p.m. Wednesday.

    He tells The Berkshire Eagle he arrived to find a group of college students trying to help the man.

    The 28-year-old victim, who was hiking along the trail with his 22-year-old brother, fell down the ravine at Race Brook Falls near the Connecticut border. He died as rescuers rushed him from the scene. The younger man was not hurt.

    No names had been released as of Thursday morning.

    As many as 50 people helped in the rescue.

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