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Fall From Clinton Bluffs Raises Safety Questions

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CLINTON, Iowa (AP) — The recent injury of a teenager who fell from a cliff in the eastern Iowa city of Clinton has raised questions about safety and whether the city could be held liable for such incidents, but officials say warning signs fulfill the city’s obligation to protect the public.

The Clinton Herald reports the July 28 fall of a 17-year-old boy at the Eagle Point Park Bluffs raises questions about safety and liability issues. The teen, whose name wasn’t released, was flown to an Iowa City hospital.

Clinton Fire Department Lt. Allen Schutte says warning signs are posted throughout the park, though he noted falls happen most years.

City Administrator Jessica Kinser says the signs meet the requirement to protect the public and people can decide whether to take the risk.