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Accidents leave three injured
Busy afternoon for emergency personnel
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Forsyth County News

Three people, including a 13-month-old child and a 70-year-old man, were injured in separate accidents Tuesday, part of a busy afternoon for Forsyth County emergency responders.

In perhaps the most serious of the incidents, a 20-year-old man was flown to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta after he was pinned between a front end loader and a pickup truck at Mauldin Drive Transfer Facility.

The facility is a garbage transfer station in the Midway community of southwestern Forsyth.

The incident, which occurred about 2:30 p.m., appears to have been an accident, said Forsyth County Fire Capt. Jason Shivers.

“Somehow he got pinched between the front end loader and the truck,” Shivers said. “He was a customer.”

Shivers said the man, whose name has not been released, was in critical and unstable condition when taken to the hospital in Atlanta for treatment of injuries to his pelvis, torso and upper body.

His condition could not be determined Wednesday.

A representative of the facility declined to comment, citing a pending investigation.

A few hours later, about 5:30 p.m., the fire department responded to a home on Byers Road in northwestern Forsyth, where a 70-year-old man had fallen.

“His wife came home and found him laying at the base of the house on the sidewalk,” Shivers said. “It was obvious from his injuries and from the equipment on the ground around him that he had been working either on the roof or from a ladder against the roof.”

Shivers said the man was unable to tell emergency personnel what happened.

“Due to his mental reaction to us and his vital signs, there was a potential for head injury as well as some internal injuries,” Shivers said. “So it was an obvious emergency and he was most definitely considered unstable.”

The man, whose name has not been released, was taken by ambulance to North Fulton Regional Hospital.

Also late Tuesday afternoon, a 13-month-old child was taken to Grady for second-degree burns on his hands.

Shivers said the child apparently burned himself on the stove at his home.

“We responded to Children’s Medical Group in Johns Creek off McGinnis Ferry Road,” Shivers said. “Instead of calling us to their home, the parents brought him to a doctor’s office.”

Shivers said a doctor there determined the child needed treatment at Grady.

The department also responded about 5 p.m. to a fire in the garage of a house at 5640 Habersham Valley in southeast Forsyth.

Shivers said firefighters contained the blaze to the garage and cleared the scene in about an hour.