The patrol told WLOS-TV in Asheville 22-year-old Kijiria Keitt-Smith of Sanford, Florida, was trying to close the door when she fell out of the tractor while it was traveling Monday on the Great Smoky Mountains Expressway. The driver of the tractor-trailer was trying to get on the access ramp to Interstate 40.
Smith was taken to a local hospital, where she died.
According to the patrol, there were two small children inside the cab along with the driver, and they were not hurt.
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