Blue Ridge Parkway closed near Asheville

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BUNCOMBE Co., N.C. (WSPA) — Officials say a section of the Blue Ridge Parkway will close Wednesday as crews remove a vehicle that plunged 250 feet off a mountainside. 

Parkway officials say a 25-year-old man intentionally drove off the embankment.

The apparent suicide happened Monday night at mile marker 364.5 near the Craggy Gardens Visitor Center.

It took emergency crews several hours to get the young man out.

7News was told Tuesday the removal of the vehicle wasn’t expected to have a major impact on travel. However, the National Parks Service later tweeted the Parkway will temporarily close while a vehicle is removed in the area.

Officials say the Parkway will close 7:30 a.m. Wednesday from Craggy Gardens Picnic Area to the Craggy Gardens Visitor Center. It’s expected to reopen by mid afternoon. 

Parkway officials say a crash was reported around 8 p.m. Monday. While a ranger was headed to the scene, dispatch received a second call from a female saying her friend may attempt to commit suicide.

Parkway officials later confirmed the man inside the crashed vehicle was the same person who was reportedly suicidal. 

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