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Head-on collision shuts down Canton Highway in west Forsyth

WEST FORSYTH — A well-traveled corridor in west Forsyth was shut down after a two-vehicle, head-on collision Tuesday afternoon.

A Ford Mustang and a commercial, open-bed truck collided about 4 p.m., sending both vehicles onto opposite shoulders of Canton Highway (Hwy. 20) between Friendship Circle and Bethelview Road.

The male driver of the Mustang was taken to an area hospital with life-threatening, critical injuries, said Epifanio Rodriguez, a spokesman for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.

The driver of the truck, also an adult man, was not injured.

There were no passengers in either vehicle, Rodriguez said.

It is not yet known what caused the crash or whether drugs or alcohol may have been involved.

A medical helicopter was called but then canceled.

Forsyth County Fire Department Division Chief Jason Shivers said. Engines 1 and 4 responded to the incident and freed the injured driver.

The original call to dispatch reported a vehicle on fire, though Shivers said there was only typical post-impact smoke and debris.

As of 5 p.m., traffic on Canton Highway was backed up east to downtown Cumming. Motorists were asked to avoid the area.

The highway reopened about 5:45 p.m. after crews cleaned up the wreck.  

Traffic was diverted onto Friendship Circle and Bethelview Road.