August 30, 2011
An Evansville, Indiana, man lost his life in a fatal fall at Illinois’s scenic Garden of the Gods recreational area in the Shawnee National Forest on Sunday, August 28.
The Daily Register reports that the victim is 44-year-old Darrell Brackett, who fell from a rock formation on which he was climbing. The accident happened shortly before 12:40 p.m., which is when Saline County Central Dispatch received a 9-1-1 call about the fall.
The man had apparently fallen while climbing near Garden of the Gods’s Chimney Rock. A Saline County Sheriff’s Department news release indicates that the victim fell 75 to 100 feet to his death.
The Gallatin County Emergency Medical Service, Equality Fire Department, Saline County Sheriff’s Department, Air Evac, and the Department of Conservation all sent emergency responders to the scene to help with the rescue.
The man, however, was pronounced dead at the accident site by a Saline County Coroner at 2 p.m.
Garden of the Gods is located about 15 miles southeast of Harrisburg, Illinois.