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Holiday weekend a safe one
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Forsyth County News
The Thanksgiving weekend may have been busy for shoppers and visitors, but apparently was calm for local public safety personnel.

Forsyth County Fire Capt. Jason Shivers said the department received 119 calls over the 102-hour holiday period, most of which were for medical emergencies.

“It was a quiet weekend with nothing out of the ordinary,” said Shivers, adding that firefighters responded Friday afternoon to a house fire on Gilbert Road.

He said no injuries were reported in that incident and the house was not destroyed.

Shivers said the fire department also worked several minor wrecks during the holiday period, which ran from 6 p.m. Wednesday to midnight Sunday.

Forsyth County Sheriff’s Capt. Frank Huggins agreed things stayed calm.

“We had one of the quietest weekends we’ve had in a long time,” he said. “That was what we hoped and planned would happen.”

One of 13 fatal wrecks authorities reported statewide happened in neighboring Hall County.

Erin Pritchett, 22, of Gainesville died after her sport utility vehicle struck a tree early Saturday morning when it went off Glade Farm Road in north Hall.

Another fatal wreck was recorded over the weekend in nearby Gwinnett County.

According to Gwinnett police, 18-year-old Triston Sadler of Buford was killed when he lost control of his 1989 Volvo at South Bogan and Quail Creek drives. The vehicle overturned several times about 8:45 p.m. Sunday.

Sadler was thrown from the vehicle, as was one of his two teenage passengers. None of the occupants was wearing a seat belt, police said.

In addition, the Georgia Department of Public Safety reported that 730 people were injured in 3,089 crashes statewide.

The department had estimated there would be 16 fatalities, 3,570 crashes and 1,398 injuries.

FCN regional staff contributed to this report.