College student plunges 80 feet from cliff in Slippery Rock Township

The warning signs were there.

A Pennsylvania college student survived a roughly 80-foot plunge off a cliff near a site called Breakneck Bridge in a township called Slippery Rock, according to reports.

Jocie Van Kirk, 21, was walking with four other people when she fell Sunday afternoon near the Breakneck Bridge in McConnells Mill State Park in Lawrence County, WTAE reports.

Van Kirk was plucked from the bottom of the cliff in a rescue basket before being airlifted to a hospital in Pittsburgh. She was alert and conscious at the time, the station reports.

It’s unclear what immediately preceded Van Kirk’s fall, but the area is marked by many ledges and slippery areas, authorities told WPXI.

“If you’re not familiar with the area, you could slip and fall off a ledge or if you get too close to a ledge trying to take pictures and things like that,” Slippery Rock Township Volunteer Fire Department Chief Bill Lunn told the station. “Try to pay attention to where you’re at and when in doubt, stay back a little bit.”

A spokesman for Slippery Rock University, meanwhile, confirmed that Van Kirk, of Aliquippa, was involved in the incident, but had no update to provide on her condition. She is a senior majoring in psychology, spokesman Justin Zackal told The Post.

“We’re still waiting for more information to come in,” Zackal said.

Van Kirk, who had injuries to her head and back, was recovering Monday after the fall, her relatives told WTAE.

She was no longer being treated at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital as of midday, a hospital spokesperson told The Post.

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