Hiker recovering in hospital after fall

Hiker recovering in hospital after fall


MOUNT LECONTE (WATE) - A 55-year-old man is recovering at a hospital after falling while hiking, according to Great Smoky Mountains National Park spokesperson Dana Soehn.

Officials received the 911 call at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

The man was hiking with four other people when he fell 10 feet on Alum Cave Trail, and then he tumbled another 60 feet.

The trail was icy, which made it harder for crews to reach the man.  They finally brought him to the trail head by 3 a.m. Sunday.

The man was brought to a Gatlinburg fire station, and then he was flown to UT Medical Center.  He lost a lot of blood from the fall but is currently in stable condition.

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