- Associated Press - Monday, October 27, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A volunteer with the National Park Service has been rescued from a trail in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park after a fall from a horse.

Officers say 68-year-old Vetice Bates was working with the backcountry horsemen to pack out equipment used by the Rocky Top Appalachian Trail Crew when he was injured after falling from his horse at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Members of the park’s search and rescue team hiked up the trail with equipment to shelter in place until morning.

The highway patrol’s aviation unit was delayed due to fog on Sunday morning. Officers arrived at the Sevierville Airport by noon to pick up a park medic. The crew of five state troopers found Bates.

Bates was to the University of Tennessee Medical Center at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.


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