Soldier who fell into crater upgraded to stable status

HONOLULU (AP) — A U.S. Army soldier has been upgraded to stable condition after falling into a volcano crater.

Park officials say another visitor reported seeing the 32-year-old soldier, who was not named, fall from a 300-foot cliff on Wednesday evening.

Officials say he had climbed over a metal railing at Steaming Bluff overlook to get a better view and the ground beneath him gave way.

He was found more than two hours later seriously injured on a narrow ledge about 70 feet from the edge and flown by helicopter to a hospital.

Hawaii News Now reported Thursday that Army officials say the soldier was stationed at Oahu’s Schofield Barracks and training on the Big Island.