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Holiday weekend busy, but safe
Morning pileup on Ga. 400 slows traffic
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A four-vehicle pileup disrupted traffic on Ga. 400 south Tuesday, snarling the morning commute. - photo by Jim Dean

It wasn’t the way Ga. 400 commuters wanted to start the work week after Memorial Day weekend.

A four-vehicle wreck Tuesday morning closed the southbound side of the busy corridor while crews worked to clean up debris.

Forsyth County Sheriff’s Capt. Tim House said one vehicle overturned in the chain-reaction crash, but no one involved suffered serious injuries.

Southbound traffic was diverted off Exit 14 while the road was closed. Charges, if any were filed, in connection with the wreck were not immediately available.

"We closed it around 9 a.m. and we had it open again by 10 a.m.," House said of Ga. 400. "We actually got it cleaned up pretty quick."

Prior to the wreck Tuesday morning, the long holiday weekend was generally a safe one across Forsyth County.

While the county’s fire department responded to 78 incidents during the three-day-weekend, there were no fatalities.

"It was a good weekend," said Fire Capt. Jason Shivers. "The weather was beautiful and I believe everyone seemed to enjoy themselves with very little tragedy."

The department responded to a structure fire with no injuries, 52 medical emergencies, one gas leak and one downed power line.

In one of the more noteworthy incidents, firefighters responded to a boat fire on Monday afternoon near Old Keith Bridge Park along the Hall-Forsyth county line.

"When the fire was discovered, the three civilians on board abandoned ship and began swimming for shore," he said. "They were picked up by another passing vessel."

The burning boat floated between the two counties before coming to rest on an unnamed island about 600 yards offshore of the park.

Firefighters placed a boon around the boat, which had burned down nearly to the water line, to keep debris from floating into the water, Shivers said.

The department also handled two reports of possible drownings in swimming pools over the holiday weekend.

About 5 p.m. Saturday and about 4 p.m. Sunday, calls came in from two different homes regarding a possible child drowning, Shivers said. In both cases, family members performed CPR on the boys.

Shivers said the boy from Saturday was "out of the water, conscious, alert, breathing and not in any distress."

Though the boy from Sunday was also breathing, he "was considered unstable" and flown to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

The child’s name has not been released and his condition could not be determined Tuesday.

According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Lanier had five cases of boating under the influence over the holiday weekend and three minor boating incidents without injuries.

The lake’s one tragedy this weekend involved Quavante Combs, 17, of Lawrenceville.

Combs drowned after he tried to swim across a cove in southern Hall County and went under water, authorities said.

He was pronounced dead at 6:53 p.m. Saturday at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, said Hall County Deputy Coroner John Abernathy.

Otherwise, across the state, the DNR reported one other drowning and one fatal boating accident.

There were 14 boating incidents overall during the weekend and 35 cases of boating under the influence.

"All indications from rangers patrolling the waters were that it was very busy this weekend. But after the few tragic incidents occurring Friday to Saturday, we are pleased that nothing more serious occurred," said DNR spokeswoman Melissa Cummings.

The only other activity in Northeast Georgia was a boating incident Sudnay on Lake Hartwell, where a female swimmer was injured and required stitches.


The FCN regional staff contributed to this report