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Authorities: Chaotic crash that ended at Cumming Steak n Shake couldve been worse
No charges filed due to medical circumstances
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CUMMING — A weekend accident that ended with a vehicle going airborne and landing in the Steak ’n Shake parking lot on Buford Highway could have been much worse, authorities said.

According to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, the 59-year-old driver of a Dodge Ram pickup truck had a seizure Saturday morning right before running a red light on Sanders Road and Buford Highway.

The truck crossed all four lanes of traffic, toppled two trees and struck a raised median before ramming a parked, unattended car on full throttle.

Doug Rainwater, a spokesman for the sheriff’s, said the man was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol. And because of the cause of the accident was medical, he won’t face any charges. He only suffered “some abrasions and bruises.”

All told, Rainwater said, it could have been much worse. The pickup slowed some every time it came in contact with a barrier, which was “probably a big reason why he was not injured more than he was.”

Autumn Dawson, whose vehicle was rear ended at the end of the truck’s collision course, said on scene that “if my car hadn’t been there, he would’ve gone right back out into [Buford Highway], and that road was full of cars.”

Her father, Scott Hutchins, and brother, Scott Jr., ran from the eatery to the truck to cut the engine off and get the driver out.

“It was remarkable,” Rainwater said. “There was debris everywhere. It was just total chaos.”