Gatlinburg, TN: Woman dies at tourist spot near Smokies

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The Memorial Forest Walk is one of Anakeesta’s locations in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

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A woman has died at a theme park in a popular tourist destination in Tennessee, officials said.

The woman was pronounced dead after being found under a chairlift at Anakeesta theme park in Gatlinburg, the city said in a news release.

Anakeesta in an email to McClatchy News said a “tragic incident” occurred on Thursday, July 28.

“911 was called immediately,” the written statement read. “Our hearts are with the family of the deceased. This is currently an active investigation. We cannot release any further information at this time.

Anakeesta has chairlifts that take visitors to the top of a mountain, where the attractions are located, WVLT reported.

Some of the park’s attractions include the Dueling Zipline Adventure and the Treetop Skywalk, which consists of bridges 50 to 60 feet above the ground, according to its website.

The park listed on its homepage a “delayed opening” at 10 a.m. on July 29.

The vacation spot is near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which straddles the border between Tennessee and North Carolina.

This story was originally published July 29, 2022 5:59 a.m.

Simone Jasper is a reporter who covers breaking news for The News & Observer and real-time news in the Carolinas.

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