Storm kills two in park; more injured
A thunderstorm in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park at about 6 p.m. Thursday killed two individuals and injured six. Here is the latest update provided by park officials.
The deaths were in the wake of a severe thunderstorm that hit the west end of the park. Ralph Frazier of Buford, Georgia, was riding his motorcycle near the Townsend Wye when he was struck on the head by a falling limb. Frazier died at the scene. Rachael Burkhart, a resident of Corryton, Tennessee, also died on scene when she was struck by a falling tree in the Abrams Creek area of the park.
Several other visitors sustained injuries as a result of the storm.
A 7 year-old girl, who was swimming in Abrams Creek, was seriously injured by the same tree that killed Ms. Burkhart. The girl was unconscious and not ...