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Williston man injured after cliff fall

Observer staff report

A Williston man was released from the hospital Wednesday after falling from a cliff near Interstate 89 in Williston early Saturday morning.

State Police said that Tucker Austin, 21, drove his ATV to an overlook that parallels Interstate 89, leaving his home at midnight.

“Upon failing to return, family and friends became worried and traveled out to the overlook in an attempt to locate him. Family reported they were able to locate his ATV and cellphone at which time they called 911 to report they believed he had fallen off the overlook,” according to a press release from Vermont State Police.

“VSP Troopers, Williston PD, and Williston Fire & Rescue arrived in the general area to find Austin had fallen approximately 53 feet and was laying adjacent to the interstate. He was transported to the University of Vermont Medical Center for unknown injuries. At that time, family members and friends disclosed that Austin had been consuming alcohol during the hours leading up to this incident but were unsure if it was a contributing factor in him falling.”

The Williston Fire Department was called to the scene at 1:30 a.m.

“The patient was treated and transported to the University of Vermont Medical Center with serious injuries,” according to a Williston Fire Department press release. “With minimal information as to the circumstances of the fall, the scene was turned over to the Vermont State Police for further investigation.”

The Williston Fire Department estimated Austin’s fall as 70 feet.

After speaking with Austin and family members, state police ruled the incident an accident.