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Rangers rescue hiker hit by fallen tree in Smokies

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June 14, 2013 07:35 PM EST | AP


GATLINBURG, Tenn. — Rangers in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park helped to rescue a 53-year-old hiker who was struck by a falling tree during a storm and has multiple injuries.

The park service said in a news release on Friday that Nathan Lipsom of Cambridge, Mass., was hiking on Low Gap Trail on Thursday when the storm hit around 4 p.m. A ranger discovered the injured hiker around 11:30 a.m. on Friday.

Due to the number of downed trees in the park that blocked trails, a helicopter from North Carolina airlifted him around 6:45 p.m. EDT Friday. He was sent to Mission Hospital in Asheville, N.C.

A National Weather Service crew confirmed that an EF-1 tornado hit the Cosby area on Thursday.