16-year-old Boy Scout dies in fall at Stone Mountain

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ROARING GAP, N.C. — A 16-year-old Boy Scout died Saturday afternoon as a result of injuries he received in a fall at Stone Mountain State Park, authorities said.

The boy was identified as 16-year-old Christopher Overcash of Kannapolis.

Authorities said Overcash was with a group of Boy Scouts who had camped overnight at the park and were on the summit of the mountain around 12 p.m. Saturday. The mountain is a 600-foot dome of granite.

Authorities said Overcash was about 100 yards from the marked trail on the summit when he fell. Officials said other scouts were in the area when he fell.

Wilkes County EMS Director Greg Hendren said the call for help came out at 12:01 p.m. He said the fall was on the south cliff of Stone Mountain.

Authorities said the victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Officials said the group was hiking and not climbing.

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