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Wreck ties up traffic downtown
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Firefighter Ashley Tripp puts out the last of the flames burning underneath the hood of a Mitsubishi Eclipse on Wednesday afternoon near downtown Cumming. - photo by Jim Dean

A Canton man was arrested Wednesday after a car he was driving rear-ended a truck on Veterans Memorial Boulevard.

Onielus Texidor-Batista, 25, was cited Wednesday by Cumming police for following too closely and having no driver’s license.

He was released from the Cumming jail on $1,030 bond, a police department spokeswoman said.

The wreck occurred about 3:30 p.m. in front of the Forsyth County Detention Center in Cumming.

Dawsonville resident Mark Mote, 43, said he was in his 1987 Chevrolet pickup truck in the left westbound lane when

Texidor-Batista, who was driving a 1996 Mitsubishi Eclipse, hit him from behind.

Mote’s fiancé, Gretchen Rogers, was also in the truck. She was taken to Northside Hospital-Forsyth after complaining of neck and back pain.

Mote said the wreck occurred after a school bus slowed to stop and Texidor-Batista swerved to keep from hitting it.

The bus and Texidor-Batista were also traveling west in the lane next to Mote.

“The bus was stopping and he jumps out from behind the bus to keep from hitting it and smacked me,” Mote said.

Mote said Texidor-Batista and two passengers got out of the car and ran across the street to get into a van.

“I had to go and get them,” Mote said. “Me and this officer was hollering at them across the street to come back.”

It was the second time in two days that afternoon traffic was snarled in downtown Cumming. On Tuesday roads were conjested while firefighters investigated a smoky haze in the courthouse.