Hiker, 26, dies af­ter heart is­sues in Great Smoky Moun­tains park

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - News - BY JOE MARUSAK jmarusak@char­lot­teob­server.com Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak

A 26-year-old hiker died de­spite rangers’ at­tempts to save him in Great Smoky Moun­tains Na­tional Park on Fri­day, park of­fi­cials said Satur­day.

Re­spond­ing to a re­port of a man in car­diac dis­tress, rangers said they found Zachary Brown of Port­land, Tenn., be­side Lau­rel Creek Road, near Crib Gap.

Brown was stand­ing be­side the road with his fam­ily when he ex­pe­ri­enced a “car­diac event” just be­fore 2 p.m., ac­cord­ing to a park news re­lease.

Rangers per­formed CPR on Brown un­til emer­gency re­spon­ders with Amer­i­can Med­i­cal Re­sponse ar­rived.

The re­spon­ders drove Brown to Blount Me­mo­rial Hospi­tal, in the foothills of the park near Knoxville, where he later died.

Rangers re­leased no other in­for­ma­tion Satur­day morn­ing.

Crib Gap and the Lau­rel Creek Loop Trail, near Townsend, Tenn., are near Cade’s Cove, just over the North Carolina state line.

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