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Multiple reports this afternoon indicate a state trooper has fallen into a gorge at Letchworth State Park while on duty.

A rescue attempt is underway, reports say. The call came in at about 1 p.m.

How it happened, the trooper's identity or the extent of injuries have not yet been released or confirmed.

We'll bring more information as it becomes available.

Update (4:12)


Breaking news within the last few minutes…

The Buffalo News is reporting via Twitter that the state trooper who fell into a gorge at Letchworth State Park today while on duty is dead.

A rescue attempt was initiated after the call came in at about 1 p.m.

The report of the death is not yet independently verified.

Reports say the trooper was participating in a training exercise.

Update (4:23)


WIVB-TV reports the trooper is Ross Riley. They say he is a sergeant with the State Police out of Olean.

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