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UMass student survives 80-foot fall

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A 20-year-old University of Massachusetts Amherst student hiking with fraternity brothers on Saturday afternoon survived an 80-foot fall from a cliff in Mount Sugarloaf State Reservation, Deerfield police said. “The victim went off trail, slipped and fell approximately 80 feet, and slid some more,” said Deerfield Police Sergeant Harry Ruddock. The student was taken by medical helicopter to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester with injuries that were not life threatening, said Ruddock. The rescue mission, carried out by multiple police and fire departments from surrounding communities and Greenfield Fire Department’s High Angle rescue unit, took just under two hours.

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