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Two injured in Hwy. 53 wreck
Two people were injured in this two-vehicle wreck on Hwy. 53. - photo by Jim Dean

Two people were hospitalized Wednesday morning after a wreck that authorities attributed to a botched U-turn on Dawsonville Highway in northeastern Forsyth.


Forsyth County Fire Capt. Jason Shivers said the two-vehicle collision occurred about 9:50 a.m. near where Hwys. 53 and 306 meet.


According to a Forsyth County Sheriff’s report, a Toyota Rav 4 driven by 48-year-old Hong Lam of Gainesville was traveling west on Hwy. 53 behind a BMW driven by David P. White, 35, of Roswell.


The report said White turned right into a driveway and then back to the left on Hwy. 53 in an attempt to make a U-turn. He intended to head east, toward Gainesvile, but failed to yield to the Toyota.


The Toyota attempted to swerve left, but struck the front of the BMW, which ended up in a ditch. The Toyota rolled about 20 feet before it stopped.


Shivers said one driver was taken to North Fulton Hospital in Roswell and the other was flown to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. Both were in critical condition.


Shivers said there were no passengers in either vehicle.


He noted that both lanes of Hwy. 53 were blocked for about 15 minutes. After that point, one lane reopened until the scene was cleared.


White was cited for failure to yield while turning left, according to the sheriff's report.