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No charges in muddy wreck

POSTED: January 30, 2013 5:57 p.m.
 

Authorities say no charges will be filed in a three-vehicle collision that disrupted traffic along a major north Forsyth highway Tuesday morning.

Karleen Chalker, a spokeswoman for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, attributed the decision Wednesday to mud that had spilled from a westbound dump truck and “uncontrollable conditions.”

“No citations were issued in that accident … because of the mud being in the roadway,” Chalker said. “That’s really what the cause of the accident was.”

The incident occurred about 9 a.m. Tuesday on Dawsonville Highway (Hwy. 53) near Lake Lanier and the Hall County line.

According to reports, a westbound 2007 Chevrolet Cutaway van encountered a large amount of mud that had spilled onto the road.

As the van began to slow to avoid the mud, it was rear-ended by a FedEx truck, which carried both vehicles into the mud. The truck then slid into the eastbound lane of Hwy. 53, where it struck a 1998 Honda Accord, reports said.

Chalker said the van driver, a 69-year-old man from Toccoa, was taken to Northside Hospital-Forsyth, where he was treated and released Tuesday.

Also taken to the hospital was the driver of the Honda, a 48-year-old Marietta resident.

Chalker wasn’t sure if he was still under hospital care Wednesday, but noted his injuries were “non-life threatening.”

The 58-year-old Danielsville man who was driving the truck had minor injuries that reportedly didn’t require a hospital visit.

State Department of Transportation crews were able to find the dump truck responsible for the spill by following the trail of mud along Hwy. 53 into Dawson County, authorities have said.

 

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