Authorities say an Elloree man has died after falling off a trail in the South Carolina mountains.
The Oconee County Coroner’s Office said 47-year-old Kelly Sprouse was walking by himself on the trail along Thompson River on Lake Jocassee when he somehow fell Sunday afternoon.
Investigators believe Sprouse was trying to catch up with family members ahead of him when he fell on the trail. There were no witnesses, but one of those family members eventually found Sprouse unconscious when they searched for him. Oconee County Fire Chief Charlie King told FOX Carolina that radio and cell service is very spotty in the area and crews had to boat back and forth from the incident location to areas with cell service to report updates.
King said Sprouse was loaded onto a boat and transported back to Devil’s Fork State Park, where a medical helicopter was waiting to airlift him to the hospital.
Sprouse died from his injuries at a nearby hospital later that evening. Coroner Karl Addis said the hiker had died from a head injury. He listed the death as accidental.