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3 hurt in ATV wreck on Big Creek Greenway near Cumming
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CUMMING — Three men suffered what authorities described as serious injuries over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend after a four-wheeler on which they were riding crashed along the Big Creek Greenway south of Cumming.

Forsyth County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the all-terrain-vehicle wreck about midnight Saturday on the greenway near Bethelview Road, according to Deputy Epifanio Rodriguez, a spokesman for the agency.

An investigation into the incident determined 39-year-old Matthew Holbrook of Cumming had failed to negotiate a curve as he attempted to cross a bridge at a high rate of speed.

The ATV then struck a wooden railing, with Holbrook and his two passengers — a 43-year-old man from Cumming and a 26-year-old man from Dawsonville — being thrown from the vehicle.

“Speed and alcohol are factors in the crash,” Rodriguez said.

All three men were taken to an area hospital with serious injuries. The two passengers have since been released, Rodriguez said.

As of Tuesday, Holbrook remained in the intensive care unit with serious injuries.

The Forsyth County Fire Department responded to the incident to assist with patient care and transportation to the hospital.

According to Fire Division Chief Jason Shivers, resident-used vehicles are not allowed on any portion of the popular greenway, which is meant only for pedestrians and bicycles.

A handful of government-authorized lightweight vehicles, such as golf carts, have access to the trail for medical and other responses.

Charges have not been ruled out, officials said, and are pending the results of a blood alcohol test sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

The investigation remains open and is being handled by the sheriff’s office.