Woman Injured While Hiking in Valley Falls Park (Update)

Vernon police report that the woman has been taken to the hospital. The identity of the victim is still unknown and police seek the public's input.

Updated, 1:58 p.m.

Vernon police continue to investigate the medical emergency occurring at approximately 9 a.m. this morning at the Valley Fall Park.

Police received a call that a woman suffering from serious injuries had been found on the Rails to Trails path approximately 1 and ½ miles into the woods. The woman had suffered facial and other injuries according to police.

The victim was transported by ATV to the nearest roadway on Phoenix Street with the assistance from personnel from the Vernon Fire Department and Ambulance. She was transported by the LifeStar helicopter to Hartford Hospital for treatment of her injuries.

Preliminary findings of the investigation are that she received the injuries by falling approximately 40-60 feet from a cliff inside the park. Police reported no criminal aspect to the case, but seek the public's assistance in identifying the victim.

Police describe her as a white female, approximately 25-40 years of age, with shoulder length black hair, and of average height and built. She was clothed in a black hooded sweatshirt, brown shirt, blue jeans and sneakers.

Anyone with any information is asked to please contact the Lt. Mel Hardy with the Vernon Police Department at (860) 872-9126.  

Check back to Vernon Patch for more information as it becomes available.

Original Story:

A woman who was injured on one of the hiking trails at Valley Falls Park this morning has been taken to an area hospital by LifeStar helicopter, according to a Vernon police sergeant.

Todd Thiel said the unidentified woman was hiking in the park, possibly taking a trail that connects to the Bolton Notch State Park, this morning at around 9:30 when “people walking in the area hear her and called us.”

Information on the cause and extent of the woman’s injuries were not available. Thiel said he thinks the woman was transported to Hartford Hospital. 

John Anderson December 29, 2011 at 02:31 PM
Phoenix St.???
John S December 30, 2011 at 03:27 AM
Yes Phoenix street, from that area its the closest actual street from the rails to trail that the patient could safely be brought to and from there she was brought to Station 2 on Birch St and flown out.


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