DAWSONVILLE — A local historian and his wife suffered serious injuries in a head-on collision Saturday afternoon near the Dawson-Forsyth county line.
Charles and Kathy Finley of Dawsonville were flown to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta in critical condition following a two-vehicle wreck about 4:15 p.m. on Hwy. 53, just east of War Hill Park Road.
The driver of the second vehicle, 67-year-old Mickey Bunton of Gainesville, was flown to Atlanta Medical Center in serious but stable condition, according to Dawson County Emergency Services Battalion Chief Robby Lee.
Dawson County Sheriff Billy Carlisle, who was at the scene of the wreck, said it appeared that Bunton was traveling east on Hwy. 53 when he “ran off the shoulder, overcorrected and came back on the road, crossed the center line and struck the Finleys head on.”
The busy corridor was closed for several hours while emergency crews worked to free the injured and clear the scene.
“They were all in critical condition because it was such a severe impact,” said Billy Thurmond, emergency services director. “Forsyth County sent an engine and their heavy rescue unit to help with the extrications.”
A spokeswoman with Georgia State Patrol, which is investigating the wreck, said the trooper’s complete report was not available as of Tuesday afternoon.
Considered an expert on Dawson County, Charles Finley, 64, has penned several books about local schools and is currently working on an authoritative history of the county.
He also taught elementary school and worked for many years as a media specialist in the local school system.