Wanda Strunk, 62, of Oneida, was killed in this single-vehicle accident on U.S. Hwy. 441 near Gatlinburg on Saturday, December 1, 2018 / Photo: National Park Service

GATLINBURG, Tenn. — A 62-year-old Oneida woman was killed in a single-vehicle accident in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park near here Saturday morning.

The victim, identified as Wanda Strunk, 62, of Oneida, died after the pickup truck she was a passenger in left the roadway and plunged 40 ft. into the West Prong of the Little Pigeon River.

The accident occurred along U.S. Hwy. 441 near the Chimneys Picnic Area in the national park, about seven miles south of Gatlinburg. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Lawrence Gallagher, 63, of LaFollette.

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[s2If current_user_can(access_s2member_level1)]According to the National Park Service, the accident occurred around 7 a.m., when Gallagher’s 2014 GMC pickup left the highway and plunged over the bridge, landing in the river. Gallagher’s condition was not released by the NPS.

Great Smoky Mountains park rangers and the National Park Service’s search-and-rescue team were joined at the scene by Sevier County Rescue Squad, Gatlinburg Police Department and Gatlinburg Fire Department.

Funeral details for Strunk were not available as of Saturday evening.[/s2If]