Parents die, kids hospitalized after family falls off cliff during hike in New York

GOWANDA, N.Y. (AP) — A family hike in western New York turned tragic Sunday after police say a mother and father died after falling off a cliff and their 4-year-old son was seriously injured.

Authorities say the bodies of 35-year-old Amanda Green and 33-year-old William Green, both of Buffalo, were discovered along with their son in Zoar Valley shortly before 1 p.m. Sunday. Rescuers found the couple’s 7-year-old son walking nearby.

According to Erie County Sheriff’s spokesman Scott Zylka, the 4-year-old boy was airlifted to a Buffalo hospital, where he is listed in critical condition. The 7-year-old boy is being evaluated at the hospital.

Authorities believe the two adults and child fell about 200 feet down a steep cliff but are not sure what caused the fall. Police continue to investigate. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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