On the afternoon of Monday, August 8th, ranger Brian Stackowicz was traveling south on US 221, a five-lane highway near Gilispie Gap Ranger Station, when he was involved in a collision with another vehicle. Road and weather conditions were a factor, as there was heavy rain in the area at the time of the accident. Brian was flown to Mission Memorial Hospital, where he will undergo a series of operations to correct injuries to both legs and his left arm. There's no indication of head, thoracic or abdominal injuries. Brian remained alert and oriented through the emergency response. Although trapped in his patrol car, he was able to call the incident in. His prognosis is good. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is the lead investigative agency, as the collision occurred outside of the park.