Car crashes into Little River, driver killed

Blount County (WVLT) -- A Georgia man is dead, after an accident early Monday morning in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Investigators say 24-year-old Matthew Johnson was driving east on the Little River Road and failed to negotiate a right hand curve.

Johnson's car left the roadway, fell about 25 feet, flipped and landed on it's roof into the Little River.

A passing motorist discovered the vehicle in the river and reported the accident to park rangers.

Authorities say they believe the accident happened during the middle of the night.

Divers from the Blount County Sheriff's Office, Special Operations and Rescue Team, assisted in a swift water rescue operation.

The Townsend Fire Department also assisted in the incident.


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