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One woman killed in wreck on Hwy. 53
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A fatal collision has closed Hwy. 53 at the Hall County line. - photo by Jim Dean

A Hall County woman is dead and one man injured following a head-on collision Friday morning on Hwy. 53 near Boling Bridge at the Hall County line.

Annette Woodard, 66, of Flowery Branch was pronounced dead at the scene after a collision with a Cintas Service Transport truck.

Woodard was traveling west on the highway in her Cadillac SRX sport utility vehicle. She crossed over the center line and struck an eastbound Carl Vest, 56 of Sugar Hill, who was driving a document shredding business’ truck.

He sustained “non-life-threatening injuries,” said Forsyth County Sheriff’s Capt. Tim House.

He was taken to Northside Hospital-Forsyth, where he was treated for burns and released, House said.

The road, which was closed for hours, reopened a little after 2 p.m.

Forsyth County Fire Capt. Jason Shivers said the commercial truck, carrying shredded documents, was completely damaged by the fire.

“Some of the cargo area had not yet been involved in the fire, but all of the engine, cab and mechanical drive systems of the truck were heavily involved,” he said.

The driver of the truck “got himself out of the vehicle,” Shivers said.

There were no passengers in either vehicle. The investigation into the wreck is ongoing.

The collision is the second fatality within a week along the same stretch of Hwy. 53.

Clara Garmon, 58, of Gainesville was killed Monday in a head-on wreck at Truman Mountain Road and Hwy. 53. Authorities say Garmon's vehicle hydroplaned in rain, colliding with an oncoming vehicle. The other driver sustained minor injuries.

Online editor Jim Dean contributed to this report.