Girl, 10, dies after fall while hiking: Illinois officials


Everly Montgomery, 10, died after falling from the Garden of the Gods in Illinois, officials say.

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A 10-year-old girl has died after falling 100 feet from Garden of the Gods, a popular scenic spot in the Shawnee National Forest, Illinois officials say.

The incident happened on Friday, July 29 at the devil’s chimney, according to WEVV. The cliff is a “stand-alone pillar-shaped rock formation.”

She suffered multiple injuries and was airlifted to Carbondale Hospital, where she died later in the day on Fridayreported the Southern Illinoisan.

The girl has been identified as Everly Montgomery, who was enter year four at North Daviess Primary School in Elnora, Indiana. Her mother is a teacher at the school, North Daviess Community Schools said in a statement on Sunday, July 31.

According his obituaryEverly has participated in volleyball, cross country, softball, and coding clubs.

“When she wasn’t playing sports, Everly loved riding her bike to the local library,” the obituary said. “She was a bright, curious young girl and an avid reader. Her smile and enthusiasm could brighten anyone’s day.

The Garden of the Gods geologic structure is considered the “Shawnee National Forest’s most popular hike.” The structure includes rock formations that visitors are allowed to climb on, but not without risk.

“It’s up to everyone to control themselves and be careful and not put themselves in a position where you can get hurt,” he added. former Saline County Sheriff Keith Brown says KFVS. “Obviously there aren’t enough park rangers, there aren’t enough law enforcement to be everywhere all the time. Being responsible is something we ask for especially in an area that is very dangerous if you are not careful and not careful.

Everly’s funeral will be held Thursday, August 4, in his hometown of Odon, Indiana.

Mike Stunson covers real-time news for McClatchy. He graduated from Western Kentucky University in 2011 and previously worked at the Paducah Sun and the Madisonville Messenger as a sportscaster and the Lexington Herald-Leader as a breaking news reporter.
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