Michigan hiker rescued after fall in the Smokies

Michigan hiker rescued after fall in the Smokies

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GATLINBURG (WATE) - Crews rescued a Michigan man Monday who had fallen while hiking on Mt. LeConte in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Park officials say the man fell around 2 p.m. Sunday and had a back injury. He was on the Alum Cave Trail about one mile below Mt. LeConte.

Rangers were at the scene around 4 p.m. but had to stop the rescue around 8 p.m. when the severe storms rolled in. They set up a tent and tarp to keep the man safe and warm.

Rescue operations resumed Monday morning. They were able to get the man down around 1:30 p.m. He was taken by ambulance to a local hospital.

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