A 7-year-old girl dies after a tree falls on her tent in a national park

A 7-year-old Georgia girl was killed in Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Wednesday after a tree fell on her tent while she was sleeping in the early hours of the morning.

A large red maple fell at around 12:30 a.m. and rescue workers from the Gatlinburg Fire Department, Gatlinburg Police Department and National Parks Service all responded to the scene.

“The other family members, including father and two siblings, were not injured,” the National Park Service said in a statement.

The campground was on the Tennessee side of the national park between Townsend and Gatlinburg and is now closed. Surrounding campsites are also closed. These incidents are not considered common in the Great Smoky Mountains.

In 2021, Smokey Mountains News reported that “crashes accounted for 43.6% of the 101 deaths recorded in those 13 years. Medical fatalities — someone who died of a heart attack while on Park Service property, for example — were the second leading cause of death for both the Smokies and the Parkway, at 14.9% and 7.5%, respectively.”

Parkway spokeswoman Leesa Brandon told the local news outlet that accidents are common in the Great Smokey Mountains because of people getting stuck looking at the view.

“I think a lot of that is unique to the Parkway in that it’s a beautiful scenic drive, but also a drive that requires a different approach to attention when you’re in the driver’s seat,” Brandon said.

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