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One dead, several injured in separate wrecks Tuesday morning
Fatality occurred on Mathis Airport Parkway, other crash on Bethelview Road

One person is dead and several are injured after two wrecks occurred within about 30 minutes of each other in separate areas of Forsyth County Tuesday morning.

Around 6:50 a.m. Tuesday, deputies responded to Mathis Airport Parkway at Mathis Airport Drive in south Forsyth after they received reports of a van crossing the road’s “dirt, tree-lined median” and striking a car head-on in the opposite lane of travel, according to Deputy Doug Rainwater, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office.

“Right now, we are in the process of notifying next-of-kin so we are not releasing the [victim’s] car description or other information, but an adult male was deceased at the scene,” he said. “The driver of the van, a male, was driving his daughter when the crash occurred and both were transported to [a local] hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

“Neither drugs nor alcohol are suspected at this time, but [Traffic Specialist Unit] investigators will not have information on what caused the wreck until they have had a chance to talk at length with the driver of the van. Something did cause him to lose control and cross the median.”

TSU responds to serious and fatal wrecks and investigations can take days. This is the tenth roadway fatality in Forsyth County this year.

About half an hour prior to the south Forsyth wreck, deputies worked a crash on Bethelview Road just south of Canton Highway (Hwy. 20,) which occurred after a female who was driving a Chrysler Town and Country minivan northbound on the road attempted to make a left turn, Rainwater said.

“She was making a left into a private driveway and turned directly into the path of a tractor-trailer that was traveling south on Bethelview Road,” he said. “She was transported [to a local hospital] with injuries but none are life-threating at this time.”

The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured in the crash and TSU is investigating that incident as well.

This story will be updated.