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Police: UNC student died after late-night fall

CARRBORO, NC (AP) — Carrboro police investigating the death of a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill say the young man fell while scaling machinery at a concrete plant.

Authorities said that 18-year-old David Palmer Shannon died late Saturday night at the Ready Mixed Concrete Plant in Carrboro. Police said the first-year student from Charlotte fell about 17 feet, landing on a concrete pad below.

Authorities said Shannon had been seen drinking alcoholic beverages Friday evening and police said alcohol impairment was a factor in his fall. There were no indications of foul play.

Authorities are still investigating. The results of an autopsy are pending.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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