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La Crosse woman cited for trespassing after life-threatening fall

LA CROSSE, WI (WTAQ) - A 22-year-old La Crosse woman was given a $303 ticket, after she fell almost 100 feet down Grandad Bluff while hiking in an unauthorized area.

The woman called 911 from her cell phone around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday after she fell 40 to 50 feet off the tall bluff, and then tumbled another 50 feet. She landed near the base of a rock ledge.

Authorities said it took a half hour just to find the hiker – and it took two hours to rescue her, since crews had to cut down trees to reach her.

Officials said the woman suffered severe but non-life-threatening injuries, but they were not more specific. She was taken to a hospital for treatment.

La Crosse Police officials said that if the woman did not have a cell phone, they might not have been able to find her – and she probably would have died.

She was ticketed for trespassing. She can challenge the citation next month in court.