Hiker rescued from snowy Smoky Mountains

Hiker rescued from snowy Smoky Mountains

Posted: Updated: Nov 28, 2013 3:08 PM

GATLINBURG (WATE) - A hiker who broke his leg in the Smokies Wednesday afternoon was rescued several hours after the accident occurred, according to park officials.

Park rangers say Donald Lawrence, 51, was hiking down from Leconte Lodge around 11:30 a.m. when a spike on his boot broke. He slipped on the ice, breaking his leg.

Due to the weather, he could not be airlifted, so a team of about 15 rescuers worked to get him to safety.

Authorities say a snow plow and an ambulance were able to reach the hiker around 9:45 p.m.

Officials say he has been transported to an area hospital in stable condition. Authorities say they do not believe his injuries to be life-threatening.


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