Florida teen killed by rolling boulder in South Carolina

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By: Associated Press
January 22, 2018

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) - Authorities in South Carolina say a teenager from Florida was killed when a boulder rolled down a hill and hit him while he was climbing near some falls.

Greenville County Senior Deputy Coroner Jeff Fowler said 18-year-old Jacob Bridges Acker of Neptune Beach, Florida, was hiking with a group beside Wildcat Branch Falls on Friday. Fowler said while Acker attempted to climb next to the falls, a large boulder shifted, rolled down a hill and struck him.

It's believed the boulder weighed at least 1,000 pounds.

A statement from the coroner's office considered Acker's death an accident. The office and the Greenville County Sheriff's Office are investigating.

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