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Parkway motorcycle crash causes fatality

A 74-year-old Georgia man is dead following an Aug. 8 accident on the Blue Ridge Parkway north of Old Fort. 

At 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 8, Parkway dispatch received a report of a single motorcycle collision near milepost 348.5. Rangers and local rescue crews arrived and performed CPR on George Wayne Harkins, of Senoia, Georgia, who had been driving the motorcycle. 

Harkins was riding north with a group of motorcycles when he lost control in a curve and left the roadway. He died at the scene as a result of his injuries. 

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death on the Parkway. For safe driving tips, visit

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