Newark man dies hiking in western Massachusetts

By Associated Press 6:42am, August 23, 2013 - Updated 7:16am, August 23, 2013
Police have identified the Delaware man who died while hiking the Appalachian Trail in western Massachusetts.

Sheffield Police Chief Eric Munson say 28-year-old Benjamin Lewis of Newark died after a 35-foot fall down a steep ravine.

Munson says Lewis fell Wednesday afternoon at Race Brook Falls near the Connecticut border. He said it was "an unfortunate accident."

The chief said Lewis was hiking with his 22-year-old brother Luke, who didn't see the fall. He wasn't injured.

Munson says he was one of the first people on the scene after getting an emergency call at about 1:45 p.m. He said arrived to find a group of college students trying to help Lewis. He died as rescuers rushed him from the scene.

As many as 50 people helped in the rescue.

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