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Driver dies of injuries from wreck
Head-on collision occured Friday on Hwy. 20
The 61-year-old Canton man who was driving the van involved in a head-on collision with a sport utility vehicle Friday on Hwy. 20 has died. - photo by Autumn Vetter

A 61-year-old Canton man has died of injuries suffered in a head-on wreck Friday afternoon on Canton Highway.

According to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, Howard B. Nichelson died this morning at North Fulton Hospital in Roswell, where he had been on life support since the collision.

Sheriff’s Investigator Ron Tomblin said the driver of the other vehicle, 75-year-old Linda D. Pollard of Big Canoe, remains in critical condition at Atlanta Medical Center.

The wreck occurred about 2 p.m. Friday on Canton Highway (Hwy. 20) near Business Drive, west of Cumming, and left both drivers were trapped in their vehicles.

A Honda Pilot, driven by Pollard, was traveling west on Hwy. 20 when it crossed over the centerline and struck the eastbound Ford F350 van.

According to authorities, Nichelson was unable to stop the van in time to avoid the collision.

Both drivers were traveling alone and no other vehicles were involved.

It took emergency personnel about 20 minutes to free the drivers, who were both wearing seat belts.

The busy highway was closed in both directions for about an hour.

According to the sheriff’s office, no charges have been filed at this point and the investigation continues.