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22-year-old Savage man dies after falling from 190-foot outcrop in state park in Harford County

The King and Queen seat is a 190-foot outcrop at Rocks State Park in Harford County.
The King and Queen seat is a 190-foot outcrop at Rocks State Park in Harford County.(Maryland DNR / HANDOUT)

Police say a 22-year-old Savage man died Monday after he fell at Rocks State Park in Harford County.

Lauren Moses, spokeswoman for Maryland Natural Resources Police, said Joseph Buxton of Howard County was at the park with friends when he slipped and fell from the “queen’s seat” area of the King and Queens Chair Loop, a looped hiking trail in the park. The outcrop is approximately 190 feet high, according to the Department of Natural Resources website.

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She said the 22-year-old “climbed out onto the rocks, lost his footing and fell off the rocks.” The medical examiner will perform an autopsy, Moses said.

Injuries from falls while climbing and rappelling at the King and Queen Seat happen at the rate of about one each summer, according to a 2015 Baltimore Sun story.

Baltimore Sun reporter McKenna Oxenden contributed to this article.

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