17-year-old girl injured in fall at Pilot Mountain

SURRY COUNTY, N.C. — Officials say a 17-year-old girl is in stable condition after falling about 40 feet down a rocky ledge Monday morning at Pilot Mountain State Park.

Lauren Willard, a junior soccer player at Reagan High School, fractured her lower back, wrist, arm, leg, and pelvis in the fall.  She also has two broken ribs, a head injury and a punctured lung, according to her father Brent Willard, a physical therapist.

Surry County EMS Director John Shelton says the incident was reported shortly before 11 a.m. off Three Bears Trail, where the girl had been hiking with a male friend. 

Shelton said it took 15 personnel to rescue the teen and carry her out.

She was taken to the trauma center at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, where she was in stable condition as of 1:45 p.m., Shelton said. 

Shelton said the park was open at the time of the incident and several groups were rappelling.

A physician’s assistant and EMT who were also hiking at the time assisted the girl until further help arrived, Shelton added. 

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