Rangers rescue woman who fell in Smokies

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Park rangers rescued a woman who fell near Laurel Falls in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Monday morning.

A national park spokesperson said rangers were notified around 9:15 a.m. about a 63-year-old woman from Florida who had fallen around 40 feet below the falls.

Crews were able to lift her back onto the trail using a system of ropes and pulleys. The 16 emergency repsonders then carried her 1.3 miles to the trailhead where she was loaded into an ambulance and taken to UT Medical Center for treatment of her injuries.

Her condition has not been released, but the park spokesperson says she was alert throughout the whole operation.

Laurel Falls Trail was closed for about four hours during the rescue operation, but has since reopened.

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