GSMNP authorities respond to multiple incidents within an hour

Park authorities in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park had a busy afternoon responding to three major incidents in the park happening within an hour of each other.

The first incident happened just after noon. Park dispatch received a report that a 62-year-old motorcyclist from Ohio went off the roadway and fell 30 feet down an embankment on Little River Road. Rural Metro transported the man to a landing zone for a UT LIFESTAR helicopter, but it is unclear if he was taken to the hospital via helicopte or what his condition is.

The second incident happened fifty minutes later after a car went off the roadway on Little River Road between Elmont and Metcalf Bottoms. The 64-year-old driver was injured and flown to UT Medical Center by LIFESTAR.

At 1:10 p.m., park rangers had to help a 42-year-old man experiencing seizures off Rainbow Falls Trail. Gatlinburg EMS took him to LeConte Medical Center.



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