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A 60-year-old man died after a single-bicycle accident Aug. 16 in the Cades Cove area of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, according to a park news release.

Rangers responded to a report of a bicycle accident at 10:58 a.m. The cyclist, Harold D. Pardue, of Elkin, suffered severe head trauma and was unconscious following the single-bicycle accident.

He died as a result of these injuries on Aug. 17, the release said. Pardue was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, which occurred on a downhill section of the Cades Cove Loop Road, which is on the Tennessee side of the Smokies.

Bicyclists enjoy the Cades Cove Loop Road in Great Smoky Mountains National Park during limited “vehicle-free” days. (Photo: Courtesy of Great Smoky Mountains National Park)

Park rangers provided critical care at the scene of the accident for about 30 minutes before American Medical Response emergency