Georgia news anchor falls to death from NC waterfall

LAKE TOXAWAY, N.C. (AP) — Officials say a Georgia news anchor fell about 160 feet to her death after being swept over the top of a North Carolina waterfall.

Multiple media outlets report that 24-year-old Taylor Terrell fell Thursday from Rainbow Falls in Transylvania County, about 132 miles west of Charlotte. She would have turned 25 on Friday.

U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Cathy Dowd says Terrell was wading in a creek at the top of Rainbow Falls when she lost her footing on rocks covered in algae. She says the swift current swept Terrell over Rainbow Falls.

She was an anchor at WMGT in Macon, Georgia, where colleagues say she started in August 2013 as a reporter before being promoted to anchor.

News director Brandon Long described Terrell as “a hard worker with a bright smile.”

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