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Motorcyclist dies after Smokies crash

A Guatemalan man died following a motorcycle crash in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Sunday, April 18. 

Maynoy Alexander Ardon, 20, was traveling down Clingmans Dome Road when he lost control of his motorcycle near Collins Gap, veering off the roadway and landing 100 feet below the embankment at 4:08 p.m. Bystanders performed life-saving efforts until emergency responders arrived, but Ardon succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:33 p.m.

Cherokee EMS and Fire responded and assisted National Park Service personnel with recovery operations. Ardon was transported by Appalachian Funeral Home of Sylva. No other vehicles or visitors were involved in the accident. 

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