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Woman fell near Laurel Falls

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Woman fell near Laurel Falls

GSMNP, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Laurel Falls Trail was temporarily closed Monday as crews worked to rescue a 63-year-old woman who fell near Laurel Falls.

A spokesperson for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park said that park rangers got the call at around 9:15 a.m. on Monday morning. That's when park rangers and the park's technical rescue team responded to the scene.

The woman from Florida had fallen about 40 feet below Laurel Falls. Crews secured her and used a rope and pulley system to lift her back up to the trail. Sixteen emergency responders then carried the injured woman 1.3 miles to the trail head where a waiting ambulance transported her to University of Tennessee Medical Center with multiple injuries.

The park's spokesperson said that the woman remained alert throughout the rescue operation.

Laurel Falls Trail was closed during the rescue operation but was reopened to the public at 1:15 p.m. on Monday.

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1. Re: Woman fell near Laurel Falls

Oh my that is so sad. I hope she is ok.

Green Bay, Wisconsin
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2. Re: Woman fell near Laurel Falls

That is a long fall. Hopefully her fall wasn't straight down and was able to slide (albeit a hard slide) on the rocks, etc.

Surprised you don't hear more situations like this happening in the park. Hoping she is on the way to a full recovery!

Sugar Land, Texas
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3. Re: Woman fell near Laurel Falls

I know it gets very crowded at the falls. I was so afraid for my sister when she kept backimg up on that rock ledge to get a picture. It would be nice if there were a railimg of some sort near the falls. Of course, the exact place she fell was not mentioned.

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