Rescue squads responding to injured hiker


UPDATE: 10/18 at 10:30 p.m. — According to Carter County Rescue Squad’s James Heaton, the rescue is ongoing. The rescuers have made contact with the injured hiker and continue to assist the hiker through the terrain.

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (WJHL) — The Carter County Rescue Squad is responding to a call received Sunday afternoon involving two hikers in the Big Laurel Branch Wilderness area.

According to John Burleson with the rescue squad, the incident involves two hikers in an area without a trail about 1.5 miles from the water’s edge.

Burleson confirmed with News Channel 11 that at least one of the two hikers is injured, and the Carter County Rescue Squad has not yet made contact.

The rescue squad continues to use the hikers’ cellphone pings to track their location from nearby towers.

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