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Maintenance Employees Intervene In Attempted Suicide

Blue Ridge Parkway

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On Wednesday morning, rangers received a report from maintenance staff at the Mount Pisgah picnic area that a vehicle parked there was covered with blood, both inside and out.  As rangers responded, the maintenance employees found a 59-year-old Asheville man with a self-inflicted knife wound to his wrist and began to render first aid.  Rangers arrived as well as EMS and transported the man to Mission Hospital for further treatment.  The man told rangers that he was depressed with his current state of affairs and decided to end his life.  At the time he cut his wrist, he also set fire to the trailer he was occupying and left when the trailer became fully engulfed.  Despite losing a large amount of blood, he was able to drive to the parkway, where he was later discovered. Asheville/Buncombe Arson investigators have adopted the case.



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