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Spill injures one
Truck dumps load on Browns Bridge Road
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Workers watch as a tow truck driver rights the overturned dump truck. - photo by Jim Dean (previous profile)
A 39-year-old woman remained hospitalized Wednesday, a day after a concrete block from an overturned dump truck struck her vehicle in northeastern Forsyth County.

The wreck occurred about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday on Browns Bridge Road just east of Jot Em Down Road. The incident slowed traffic for more than two hours while motorists were directed away from the site.

The dump truck driver, 22-year-old Jameson Dickman of Misty Hollow Lane, was cited by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office for driving too fast for conditions.

Sheriff’s reports identified the woman Janet Bernhardt of Kelly Mill Road.

Forsyth County Fire Capt. Jason Shivers said Bernhardt was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center for moderate injuries she suffered in the collision.

A spokeswoman at the Gainesville hospital said Wednesday that Bernhardt was listed in satisfactory condition.

Dickman suffered scrapes to his elbow as a result of the wreck.

“It’s probably the craziest thing that’s ever happened to me,” he said.

Dickman said he was traveling east on Browns Bridge when the truck drifted to the right and left the road. He said he let off the gas, but the brakes locked up.

“When I got back on the road, the back wheels slid around me and that’s all she wrote,” he said.

The truck careened onto its side and lost its load, slinging large blocks of concrete as far as 200 feet along the road.

Dickman said he was wearing his seat belt and climbed out the driver’s side window after the truck stopped.

According to sheriff’s reports,  Bernhardt was traveling west on Browns Bridge in a 2009 Dodge Durango. She stopped on the road when Dickman lost control.

“I guess she stopped because she saw me coming,” said Dickman, adding that he kept his eyes shut through most of the ordeal because of breaking glass.

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