Body Recovered from Overturned Vehicle Along Skyline Drive

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Emergency crews pulled a woman's body from a car that plunged 500 feet down an embankment along the Skyline Drive. The Suzuki Hatchback was just barely visible from the Horsehead Overlook near mile marker 88.

It took park rangers and rescue crews about three hours to remove the victim who they say is a 53-year-old from Farmville.

Shenandoah National Park rangers believe the Suzuki was northbound when it went out of control, down the steep embankment and flipped over. Park maintenance crews discovered the wreckage about noon Thursday.

Karen Beck-Herzog with Shenandoah National Park stated, "They saw some debris and saw some grasses that were pushed down, and so looked a little bit further and actually went down the slope and located the vehicle."

A heavy-duty wrecker pulled the car back up the embankment. Rangers don't yet know when the accident happened. They recovered the victim's purse from the car, but have not yet released her identity.