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Branch Falls During Storm, Kills Buford Man

Motorcyclist Ralph Frazier, 50, had reportedly pulled off the road to wait out a storm when he was struck in the head by a falling limb.

A Buford man is dead after a storm-related accident in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The Mountaineer reports Ralph Frazier, 50, of Buford was killed by a falling branch during a July 5 thunderstorm.  

According to a post on Roadglide.org, Frazier and a passenger were riding a motorcycle near Gatlinburg, Tenn. when a storm arose. 

" ... they pulled to the side of the [road] to wait it out, and a tree fell and killed him, good people do die young, he will be missed, we here are just in shock," wrote a person going by the name of "Jettjocky."

Frazier, one of the founders of Frazier's Harley-Davidson in Buford, Ga., died at the scene. His passenger was uninjured.

Frazier was one of two park visitors killed during the Thursday storm. A 41-year-old Tennessee woman was also killed by a falling tree near the Abrams Creek Campground. Three other people were injured in the incident. Two of the victims, a 7-year-old girl and the girl's father, were flown to the University of Tennessee Hospital in Knoxville, Tenn. for treatment, The Mountaineer reported.

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Hope Thompson July 06, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Ralph was good friends with my Brother and he will be miss by soooo many ! He was a great person !
North Georgia Weather July 06, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Sad. My neighbors have a large oak tree in their backyard and I won't walk under it. I've witnessed too many large branches falling from it, and they fall very quickly.
Kristi Reed (Editor) July 07, 2012 at 02:38 AM
Yes, and it doesn't take a large tree branch either. It is just so tragic to think he was taking care to not be on the road on a motorcycle during the storm and ended up being killed while trying to be safe.

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