Great Smoky Mountains National Park rangers responded to a report of a single-car, motor vehicle accident on Little River Road at approximately 1:39pm on Sunday, Nov. 13. The 2007 GMC Envoy left the roadway and landed upside down in the river approximately three miles east of the Townsend Wye. The vehicle was occupied by Sandra Gail Freeman, age 63, and Brenda Joyce Payne, age 69. Both women, from Gainesville, Ga., died as a result of their injuries.
Both women were extricated from the vehicle. Freeman was found dead at the scene of the accident and Payne was transported by Rural Metro to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, Tenn. where she later died from her injuries. Park Rangers, Rural Metro, and the Townsend Fire Department responded to the scene.
– National Park Service