Girl Killed In GSMNP
A young girl is dead after a tree fell on the tent she was sleeping in. The
accident happened early this morning in the Great Smoky Mountains
National Park at the Elkmont Campground. Park Rangers responded to
the campground around 12:30am Wednesday morning (7/27) after a
large red maple tree fell onto a tent. A 7 year old girl from Georgia was
killed. Her father and two siblings were not injured. Emergency
responders from Gatlinburg Fire Department, Gatlinburg Police
Department, and the National Park Service responded to the site. At
this time, the affected campsite and adjacent campsites are closed.
Elkmont Campground remains open. Park officials say the tree that fell
was two feet in diameter.