Grass cutting to resume after safety retraining

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) -- Grass-cutting crews can get back to work in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park after retraining in the wake of a fatal mowing incident.

Blue Ridge Parkway worker Dana Bruce was killed May 7 in North Carolina when a riding mower he was using tumbled down a 140-foot embankment. The National Park Service halted all grass mowing a week later until workers could be retrained about safety issues.

According to The Mountain Press, Smokies spokesman Bob Miller said the training has been completed and a safety manual drafted, meaning park workers will soon be able to resume mowing roadsides and around visitor areas.


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