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Woman dies when truck plunges into river in Great Smoky Mtns. Nat'l Park

GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK, TN (WSPA) - A woman has died after a pickup truck ran off the road and plunged 40 feet into a river below in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Saturday morning.

Crash scene (From: Great Smoky Mountains National Park)
Crash scene (From: Great Smoky Mountains National Park)

According to park rangers, the crash happened shortly after 7:00am along Newfound Gap Road.

The truck went off the road and landed in the river 40 feet below at a bridge near the entrance to Chimneys Picnic Area.


The passenger in the truck, 62-year-old Wanda Strunk of Oneida, Tennessee, died from her injuries.

Park Rangers, along with the park's technical search and rescue team, Sevier County Rescue Squad, Gatlinburg Fire Department, and the Gatlinburg Police Department responded to the scene.

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