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Forsyth Count deputy, civilian injured in 3-vehicle crash involving state inmate transport van

Two drivers, including a Forsyth County Sheriff’s deputy, were injured in a three-vehicle collision Wednesday near Lake Lanier in east Forsyth that also involved a Georgia Department of Corrections van.

Buford Dam Road was blocked at about 7:35 a.m. Nov. 16 east of Sweetwater Drive after a 21-year-old man driving a 2001 Chevrolet Express van owned by the Georgia Department of Corrections struck a 2012 Nissan Versa, according to Georgia State Patrol Assistant Post 37 Commander Sgt. Curtis Bradshaw Jr.

The state employee — there were no prisoners being transported — was negotiating an eastbound, downhill curve when he entered the south shoulder and hit a guardrail before re-entering the roadway and crossing the centerline into the Versa.

The van then went back onto the south shoulder and hit the guardrail before entering the other side of the road again, this time striking a 2008 Dodge Magnum owned by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.

The driver or the Versa, a 44-year-old female from Dacula, and the driver of the patrol vehicle, a 39-year-old female deputy, were transported to Northside Hospital-Forsyth with non-life threatening injuries.

Bradshaw said the driver of the van was not injured. He was cited for failure to maintain lane.

Alcohol and drugs were not suspected in the crash.

There were no passengers in any vehicle.

“All three vehicles suffered disabling damage and had to be towed from the scene,” Bradshaw said.

The guardrail, owned by the Georgia Department of Transportation, was damaged, he said.

Buford Dam Road reopened at about 8:45 a.m.