GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK - A woman who fell more than a hundred feet was rescued from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Thursday night.
According to the National Park Service, they received a report at 8:12 p.m. that a 25-year-old woman fell 100-125 feet off a ledge from Cliff Tops, an overlook above Mt. LeConte.
Employees of LeConte Lodge and two off-duty trauma nurses who were in the area helped get the woman back on the trail and started treating her injuries.
Park officials asked the Tennessee Army National guard to evacuate the injured woman by helicopter. They landed at the helipad at LeConnte Lodge at 11:45 p.m. and transported the woman to UT Medical Center for treatment.
Her name and condition have not been released.
Mt. LeConte is the third highest peak in the Smokies, with an elevation of 6,593 feet. LeConte Lodge is situated just below the peak and accommodates overnight guests who can only reach the lodge by hiking. There are no roads that access that part of the park.
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