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44-year-old woman killed by falling branch at Hocking Hills State Park

Posted: 9:27 AM, Sep 03, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-03 09:27:45-04
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LOGAN, Ohio — A Chillicothe woman died over Labor Day weekend near Old Man's Cave in Hocking Hills, according to News 5 media partner The Canton Repository.

Officials from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources said Victoria Schafer, 44, was on the stairs near Old Man's Cave when she was struck by a falling tree branch, ODNR said. Officials did not specify if the woman was transported to a hospital or died at the scene.

This fatality marks the third one this summer in the Hocking Hills State Park area.

Last weekend, a 22-year-old hiker died when he fell about 75 feet off a cliff near Old Man’s Cave.

RELATED: Hiker’s death second this summer in Hocking Hills region

Before you visit Hocking Hills, take a look at ODNR's informational guide on the trails and suggestions to follow while hiking on trails described by officials as "beautiful as well as potentially dangerous."