Girl dies after tree falls on her tent in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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A 7-year-old miss was killed aft a histrion fell connected her structure successful the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, according to a news merchandise from the National Park Service. 

Park rangers responded to an exigency successful the Elkmont Campground astatine astir 12:30 a.m. connected July 27 aft the histrion fell connected the girl, who is from Georgia. Other household members, including her begetter and 2 siblings, were not injured, the merchandise said. 

The ample histrion — a reddish maple — was astir 2 feet successful diameter.

The Elkmont Campground is located betwixt Gatlinburg and Townsend. Emergency responders from Gatlingburg Fire Department, Gatlingburg Police Department and the National Park Service responded to the site, the merchandise said. The campsite affected and adjacent campsites were closed, portion Elkmont Campground remains open.

The country is nether a flash flood menace with tempest chances expanding this weekend, according to CBS affiliate WVLT successful Knoxville. Storms continued to popular up Thursday successful southeastern Kentucky and eastbound Tennessee.

In: tennessee National Park Service

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