UPDATE: Victims identified in fatal accident on Foothills Parkway
Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced that Foothills Parkway westbound reopened Monday after three people died in a crash.
Officials say that they were notified at 4:22 on Monday, September 17 of an accident involving a single vehicle about a mile from the Highway 321 interchange.
National Park officials have identified Kimberly Wallace Shields as the driver of the vehicle, and her two passengers were her mother, Linda Gayle Janes, 70, and her sister, Shannon Rae Wallace, 45. All three were from Jackson, Georgia.
According to officials, a preliminary investigation revealed that the car drove off the road and struck a tree before catching fire.
Park rangers and the Blount County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene and found three people dead inside the car.
Investigators are currently working to determine the exact cause of the crash. More information will be released as it becomes available.