Authorities with GSMNP respond to 3 separate incidents within an hour

Mountain road in the mist in the Great Smoky Mountains (GSMNP)
Mountain road in the mist in the Great Smoky Mountains (GSMNP)

TOWNSEND (WATE) – Three separate incidents occurring within an hour of each other, kept Park Rangers with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP) busy, Sunday Afternoon.

A spokesperson for GSMNP said the first occurred at 12:08 p.m., when park rangers responded to a reports of a single motorcyclist who went off the roadway and wrecked 30 feet down a 60 foot embankment about 2.5 miles east of the Townsend Wye on Little River Road. The 62-year-old Ohio man was transported by Rural Metro to a landing zone set up in Townsend for possible Life Star transport. It is unclear, at this time, if Life Star was used.

The second one occurred around 12:51 p.m., when dispatch received reports that a single car left the roadway and wrecked on Little River Road between Elkmont and Metcalf Bottoms. The driver, a 64-year-old Alcoa woman, was the only applicant of the vehicle. She was flown by Life Star to UT Medical Center.

The third incident occurred around 1:10  p.m., when park rangers responded to Rainbow Falls Trail to carry out a 42-year-old man experiencing seizures.

Gatlinburg EMS transported the man to LeConte Medical center.

This is the only information available at this time.

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