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Section of Blue Ridge Parkway to close Wednesday as crews recover vehicle from deadly crash

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WEAVERVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) -

A spokesperson for the Blue Ridge Parkway said the road will close in Buncombe County Wednesday as crews work to recover a vehicle that plummeted 250 feet over an embankment on Blue Ridge Parkway on Monday.

The incident took place on Blue Ridge Parkway at mile marker 364. The call came in at 8:05 p.m.

PHOTOS: Car plummets down 200-foot ravine off Blue Ridge Parkway

Crew members rappelled to the car but did not immediately locate anyone inside the car. Officials said the crew then used drones and infrared cameras to locate one deceased crash victim.

Officials said the victim was recovered but efforts to recover the car were still underway on Tuesday.

Chief Ranger Neal Labrie with the National Park Service said crews and a specialized crane were being mobilized to remove the vehicle. 

Caitlin Worth, a spokesperson for the Blue Ridge Parkway, said the victim was identified as Travis Miller, 25. He was the only person in the car.

Worth said park rangers were called after another driver reported seeing a car go over the embankment.

Worth said a wooden guardrail lines the roadway in the area where the car went over.

Officials say the Parkway will be closed on Wednesday from the Craggy Gardens Picnic area to the Craggy Gardens Visitor Center while the car is being removed. The closure will be in effect from 7:30 a.m. through mid-day.

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