Soldier who fell at Hawaii volcano crater upgraded to stable

HONOLULU (AP) — A U.S. Army soldier has been upgraded to stable condition after a fall onto a ledge in a volcano crater in Hawaii.

Park officials say another visitor reported seeing the 32-year-old soldier, who was not named, fall from a 300-foot (91-meter) cliff on Wednesday evening.

Officials say he had climbed over a metal railing at Steaming Bluff overlook to get a better view and the ground beneath him gave way.

He was found more than two hours later seriously injured on a narrow ledge about 70 feet (21 meters) from the edge and flown by helicopter to a hospital.

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Hawaii News Now reported Thursday that Army officials say the soldier was stationed at Oahu’s Schofield Barracks and training on the Big Island.

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Information from: KGMB-TV, http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/

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