Officials Identify Driver of Truck Involved in Great Smoky Mountains Nat. Park Crash
NORTH CAROLINA – July 29, 2018 (themountainpress.com) Officials have now released the name of the truck driver who caused a vehicle accident July 14 inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park that killed a man from Georgia. The story is reported by themountainpress.com.*
The wreck involved four vehicles on Newfound Gap Road inside the national park. Near mile marker 25, the driver of a truck hauling a pickup on a gooseneck flatbed trailer lost control of his vehicle while traveling southbound. The trailer then fishtailed and struck three vehicles traveling northbound, including a Honda Pilot, a Kia Sorento, and a Chevrolet Trailblazer.
Park Rangers responded to the scene and found 65-year-old David Crump, of Talking Rock, Georgia, dead on the scene. Crump had been driving the Kia Sorento. A passenger in his vehicle was airlifted to Mission Hospital. The driver of the Chevy Trailblazer was also transported to Mission Hospital. The driver and two passengers in the Honda Pilot and the driver of the truck were transported to Harris Regional Hospital in Sylva, North Carolina.
Aside from Crump, none of the people involved in the collision was originally identified. However, officials have now identified the driver of the truck hauling the trailer as Allen Ferguson. The truck was owned by Carr’s Automotive Sales and Service.
In addition to rangers, the National Park Service Investigative Services Branch, Cherokee Tribal EMS and Fire, Mountain Acres Medical Airlift, and North Carolina Highway Patrol responded to the scene. Newfound Gap Road was closed in the area until approximately 11:30 p.m. to allow crews to tend to the victims and clear the scene. Investigation into the incident is ongoing, and no additional details have yet been released.
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