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Workers prepare to remove a tractor trailer that struck a tree Friday morning on Old Federal Road. - photo by Jim Dean

It appears Forsyth County fared better than some of its neighbors Thursday night as thunderstorms rolled across north Georgia.

Forsyth County Fire Capt. Jason Shivers said the department did not receive reports of significant damage, structure fires or other major incidents as a result of the severe weather.

"There was one home that had a limb fall on a roof, but had very little damage and the other calls we responded to were for power lines down," Shivers said.

Forsyth County Sheriff’s Capt. Tim House said deputies handled reports of trees falling across roads and several wrecks.

He said the most significant crash that occurred during the storm appeared to be health related.

He said a woman’s vehicle left Ga. 400 and struck a guardrail just south of Crossroads Road in north Forsyth. The woman was hospitalized.

"She was in serious condition when she was taken away from the accident, but her injuries were not a result of the accident," House said.

He added that other wrecks deputies handled occurred when vehicles slid off slick roads.

"You had a lot of standing water on the roadway and people out there, presumably trying to get back and forth on the Christmas shopping expeditions they were on," he said. "They just lost control, hydroplaned probably."

There were no serious injuries Friday morning when a tractor trailer struck a tree after leaving Old Federal Road.

The tree, which was knocked out of the ground, kept the truck from going into the Etowah River.

House said authorities on Friday also received several reports of minor wrecks, such as fender benders, in parking lots and at intersections.

Local and state authorities will be watching roads this weekend in an attempt to curb impaired driving. They will also be checking for seatbelt use and speeding.

According to the Georgia Department of Public Safety, the state patrol investigated 351 traffic crashes that resulted in 280 injuries and three fatalities over the 78-hour Christmas holiday period last year.


Online Editor Jim Dean contributed to this report.