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Visitor Killed in Vehicle Accident with Downed Tree

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A fatal vehicle accident Tuesday morning involving a downed tree on Natchez Trace Parkway claimed the life of an Alabama man, according to a press release from the National Park Service.

The release said rangers were notified at around 4:45 a.m. by Leake County of a single vehicle accident near Thomastown, Miss. on Natchez Trace Parkway at mile marker 149. Rangers responded and found a pickup truck which had struck a downed tree. The driver of the vehicle, identified as Ricky Oliver, 53, of Hamilton, AL, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The release said rangers remind travelers that downed trees are a common hazard on the Parkway and to use caution when driving, especially at night.

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