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Teen Injured In Fall From Climbing Wall In Md.

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) -- A teenager who fell while climbing an outdoor rock wall at a Christian retreat center in western Maryland appears to have suffered only minor bruises despite initial concerns that he had a head injury.

The 18-year-old fell Sunday from a 42-foot-high climbing wall at the Mt. Aetna Camp and Retreat Center near Hagerstown.

The camp said in a release that he was expected to return to the retreat center. The camp says he fell on the wall but not to the ground.

James Ulrich, deputy chief of Smithsburg Emergency Medical Services, had said the man was awake but not talking when rescue crews reached him and that the teen appeared to have suffered a head injury.

The man was taken to the hospital.

The camp is operated by the Seventh Adventist Church.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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