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Officials identify three people killed in fiery car crash in Smokies

WALLAND, Tenn. (WATE) - Officials identified three people killed after a fiery car crash in the Smoky Mountains on Monday.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials say the single-car motor vehicle accident was reported around 4:22 p.m. on Foothills Parkway West, around one mile west from the Highway 321 interchange.

The driver, Kimberly Wallace Shields, 47, and two passengers, mother Linda Gayle Janes, 70 and sister, Shannon Rae Wallace, 45, were killed in the crash. 

The preliminary investigation indicates a sedan, traveling east, drove off of the roadway, struck a tree and caught fire.

Park rangers, along with the Blount County Sheriff’s Office and the Blount County Fire Department, responded to the scene.

The parkway was closed until just after 10 p.m. Monday.

The crash remains under investigation. This is a developing story and we'll continue to update the details as they become available. 


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