The Environmental Journal of Southern Appalachia
Wednesday, 27 July 2022 18:39

Falling tree kills child in Great Smokies

ELKMONT — A 9-year-old girl died early Wednesday after a tree fell on a tent she was occupying in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The unidentified child was among a group of people camping in Elkmont Campground when the red maple, 2 feet in diameter, fell shortly after midnight and crushed the girl in her tent, according to the National Park Service.

The girl and her family had traveled to the national park from Georgia. Her father and two siblings weren’t injured, according to the park service.

Elkmont Campground remains open, but the family’s campsite and an adjacent campsite were temporarily closed.