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Forsyth County woman dies after wreck on Hwy. 20

A woman from Cumming has died following a wreck that occurred on Hwy. 20 and the northbound entrance ramp to Ga. 400 overnight, according to local authorities. 

Jordan Banasiak, 27, of Cumming, died at North Fulton Hospital on Thursday afternoon, just hours after her car was hit broadside as it traversed from Hwy. 20 to Ga. 400, according to Cpl. Doug Rainwater of the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.

According to Division Chief Jason Shivers of the Forsyth County Fire Department, at about 7:45 p.m. on Jan. 2, a Chevrolet sedan traveling eastbound on Hwy. 20, driven by Banasiak, attempted to make a left turn onto the northbound entrance ramp of Ga. 400 when it was struck broadside by a Honda minivan traveling west on Hwy. 20.

Shivers said that the impact of the crash completely rolled the sedan and trapped the vehicle’s occupant, a woman from Cumming, inside with critical injuries.

“The victim was trapped inside her car, and had to be extricated by firefighters,” Shivers said.

The driver of the Honda minivan received minor injuries in the wreck, while one passenger of the minivan was seriously injured. Both Banasiak and the minivan’s passenger were taken to North Fulton Hospital for treatment, Shivers said.

Rainwater said that the current status of the minivan’s passenger is unknown at this point. 

Westbound lanes of Buford Highway were closed for about one hour while the incident was cleared and investigated, Shivers said.

Rainwater said that their Traffic Specialist Unit will be investigating the accident to determine its cause. 

This was the first fatality of the year in Forsyth County.