Rangers assist 10 hikers from Appalachian Trail

Rangers assist 10 hikers from Appalachian Trail

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SWAIN, N.C. (WATE) - Snow in the Smokies caused trouble Sunday for some hikers on the Appalachian Trail.

Molly Schroer, spokeswoman for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, said rangers were called to assist 10 people who got stuck near Clingmans Dome Road.

Rangers were called when one of the hikers said he was having chest pains at the Mount Collins Shelter. As rangers were hiking in to help him, they encountered two other groups of hikers who needed help getting off the mountain.

Shroer said the hikers were unprepared for the three inches of snow that fell on that section of the trail.

A snowplow was sent to help clear the road, and an ambulance is waiting on Newfound Gap Road in case any of the hikers need medical attention.

None was taken to a hospital.

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