Man killed in fall from overlook in Smoky Mountains

from Great Smoky Mountains Park Service

GATLINBURG, Tennessee (WDEF) – An Alabama man died on Tuesday after taking a fall in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The victim was 48 year old Wesley Stedham from Warrior, Alabama, which is near Birmingham.

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Park rangers say he fell about 50 feet from the Chimney tops overlook on Newfound Gap Road.

They say he had climbed over the railing to either take a picture or have a picture taken of him.

Rescuers had to pull him back up the incline with a rope and pulley system.

But he suffered severe head injuries and succumbed to them.