National Park Service identifies Georgia man killed in wreck on Newfound Gap


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    A wreck on Newfound Gap Road in Great Smoky Mountains National Park has claimed the life of a Georgia man.

    On Saturday afternoon, park rangers responded to a multi-vehicle collision near mile marker 25 on Newfound Gap Road. David Crump, 65, of Talking Rock, Georgia, was found dead at the scene as a result of injuries he sustained.

    The wreck involved four vehicles, including a Honda Pilot, Kia Sorento, Chevy Trailblazer and a truck towing a gooseneck flatbed trailer transporting a pickup.

    National Park representatives say that the truck, driven by Carr’s Automotive Sales and Service, was traveling southbound when the driver lost control, causing the trailer to fishtail. The trailer struck the three other vehicles, all traveling northbound, in the span of half a mile.

    Crump's passenger in the Kia Sorento and the driver of the Chevy Trailblazer were transported by MAMA to Mission Hospital. The driver and two passengers of the Honda Pilot, as well as a passenger of the pickup truck, were all transported to Harris Regional Hospital in Sylva.

    Park Rangers, representatives from the National Park Service Investigative Services Branch, Cherokee Tribal EMS and Fire, Mountain Area Medical Airlift, and North Carolina Highway Patrol all assisted.

    Newfound Gap Road re-opened at approximately 11:30 p.m. on Saturday.

    Visitors are advised that Newfound Gap Road will briefly close again near the scene of the collision for additional investigation and cleanup at a date and time to be determined.

    The is no word yet on the condition of the others hurt in the wreck, or any charges.


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