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Last Updated: Wednesday, 2 August 2006, 07:53 GMT 08:53 UK
Girl survives 30ft quarry plunge
A teenage girl escaped serious injury when she fell 30ft (9m) on to rocks down a County Durham quarry.

The accident happened at Crawleyside Bank in Stanhope on Wednesday evening.

It was initially thought that the 16-year-old from the Cleveland area had serious head and spinal injuries and she was airlifted to hospital.

But Durham Police revealed she had had a "miraculous escape" suffering only cuts to her head. Ambulance, police and fire crews all helped rescue the girl.

She is being kept in Durham's University Hospital for observation.

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