Coppell student hurt trying to help classmates who fell from cliff

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by Associated Press

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Posted on March 15, 2010 at 9:23 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 16 at 11:44 AM

Franklin County, Arkansas

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Two students at the University of Arkansas were killed when they fell from a cliff on private land in Franklin County.

Another student, from North Texas,  was hurt trying to come to their aid.

Franklin County officials say the fall early Sunday morning claimed the lives of Laura Elizabeth Echols of Fort Smith and Trenton Lee Faith II of Cypress, Texas. Both were 20 years old.

Student Cameron Cooper of Coppell, Texas, suffered a broken pelvis and other injuries as he tried to help the other two who fell in an area near the Mulberry River.

Authorities said Echols was first to fall, then Faith fell while trying to reach Echols.

Cooper was airlifted to a hospital and then transferred to a Texas hospital so he could be closer to family.

Authorities were summoned at about 1 a.m. Sunday.

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