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Fatal wreck closes busy crossing in west Forsyth
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Forsyth County News

WEST FORSYTH — A collision between a tractor trailer and passenger vehicle Friday afternoon resulted in one fatality and shut down Bethelview Road south of Kelly Mill Road in west Forsyth for several hours.

The wreck occurred in front of The Shops at Kelly Mill, claiming the life of the driver of the car. He was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.

“I was at the stop light and saw the car turn left [onto Bethelview] and then just almost swerve into the other lane,” said Thom Tate, who witnessed the crash at about 2:30 p.m.

Any more information on the deceased — including his name, age and vehicle or whether he was a Forsyth County resident — had not been released so investigators could notify his family.

The driver of the tractor trailer, which was carrying a non-hazardous fertilizer, did not appear injured and was not taken to a hospital. There were no other occupants.

“Even though the substance wasn’t hazardous, crews still did a lot of cleanup work to prevent any road hazards” from possible spills, said Robin Regan, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office.

Motorists were diverted along Pittman Road, which bypasses the intersection.

The death was the third in a week on Forsyth County roads and at least the seventh this year.

On May 29, two women — a 20-year-old missionary from Washington and a 69-year-old Cumming resident — were killed in separate wrecks that occurred about five hours apart in north Forsyth,

In addition, another person involved in each incident was flown by medical helicopter to an area hospital with what were described as critical injuries.

The fatality was also the fourth in less than a month. On May 22, a 38-year-old Cumming man died at Northside Hospital-Forsyth of injuries suffered when his motorcycle was struck by a truck.

There have been at least three other traffic deaths this year in Forsyth.

In February, a 17-year-old and an 18-year-old, both Forsyth County residents, were killed in separate wrecks in the same week.

One was a two-vehicle collision involving pickup trucks, while the other was a single-vehicle crash.

The first fatality of the year occurred within the first hours of New Year’s Day, claiming the life of a 27-year-old Cumming man in a single-vehicle crash.