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Driver injured after collision with tractor trailer in north Forsyth
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Trucks wait for troopers to clear a wreck on Matt Highway as bystanders look at a Ford Ranger involved in the wreck. - photo by Jim Dean (previous profile)

NORTH FORSYTH — A 21-year-old man suffered serious injuries Thursday afternoon in a three-vehicle crash involving a tractor trailer that shut down a well-traveled state route in north Forsyth for about three hours.

The collision occurred about 6 p.m. when a 1999 Ford Ranger that was traveling west on Matt Highway (Hwy. 369) hydroplaned into the eastbound lane at Wallace Tatum Road, according to Forsyth County Sheriff’s Cpl. Robin Regan.

The Ranger, driven by Franklin Morris of Jasper, struck the front end of an empty tractor trailer that was heading east on the highway before the impact sent it back into the westbound lane, where it hit the front end of a 2014 Buick Verano.

Both the county sheriff’s office and fire department responded to the scene and cut Morris from his vehicle. He was taken to an area hospital, where he was most recently listed in stable condition, Regan said.

According to Regan, Morris was cited for too fast for conditions, failure to maintain lane and tire requirements.

Neither the driver of the tractor trailer, a 57-year-old man from Cumming, nor the driver of the Buick, a 35-year-old man from Kennesaw, were injured in the collision. Also unhurt was an adult passenger in the Buick.

The road was closed for about three hours the scene, vehicles and “large amounts of fluids” were cleaned.