Teen killed by falling boulder while hiking in Upstate

Wildcat Falls, Cleveland, S.C. (Google Earth)

Authorities in South Carolina say a teenager from Florida was killed when a boulder rolled down a hill and killed 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. The statement 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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