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Two wrecks leave one dead, one hurt
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Forsyth County Sheriff's deputy Victor Porter waits for a tow truck Wednesday at the scene of a wreck on Browns Bridge Road. A 23-year-old woman was injured. - photo by Emily Saunders

One woman is dead and another remains hospitalized after two separate wrecks within 24 hours.

Dicye Anderson, 81, of Atlanta Highway in Forsyth County died Thursday morning shortly after she was involved in a two-vehicle wreck, authorities said.

The incident occurred about 9:15 a.m. at Canton Highway and Greenwood Acres Drive.

Authorities said Anderson was in critical condition when emergency medical personnel arrived. She was taken to Northside Hospital-Forsyth for treatment.

Sheriff's Lt. Jody Chapman said Anderson was driving a Buick Park Avenue when she hit a Ford Explorer from behind at a traffic light in the eastbound lane of Canton Highway.

The Buick came to rest against a telephone pole, Chapman said.

Authorities are not sure why Anderson didn't stop before hitting the truck, but said she may have had a medical condition.

The driver of the explorer, 55-year-old Robert Ross, said he had just left the CVS pharmacy on Canton Road when the wreck occurred.

"We pulled out of CVS and I was stopped at the red light," he said. "This lady came through here, rear ended me and pushed me through the intersection."

Ross said he lives in the Greenwood Acres subdivision.

The wreck happened nearly a day after a Gainesville woman was flown Wednesday to an area hospital with injuries from a single-vehicle wreck in north Forsyth.

The incident occurred about 10:45 a.m. on Browns Bridge Road, east of Little Mill Road.

Authorities have identified the woman as 23-year-old Mildred Retana Hernandez. She was listed Thursday in stable condition at Atlanta Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Forsyth County Sheriff's Capt. Frank Huggins said Hernandez was traveling west on Browns Bridge Road in her 1999 Kia Sportage when she ran off the road about 800 feet from Diana Circle.

"She overcorrected trying to get back on the highway and overturned," he said. "She came to a complete stop on all four tires."

Huggins said investigators have not determined why Hernandez ran off the road.

Forsyth County Fire Capt. Jason Shivers said Hernandez suffered traumatic injuries and her condition was unstable at the scene.

"Luckily, she didn't strike any trees or anything," Shivers said. "It could've been worse."

He said Hernandez, who was wearing a seatbelt, had to be removed from the vehicle.

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