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Wreck on Sanders claims one
SUV found overturned in lake cove
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Tow truck operators connect cables to the overturned Explorer as they prepare to winch it out of the water. - photo by Jim Dean

A Forsyth County man was killed Thursday in a single-vehicle wreck at Sanders and Mable Lake roads near Cumming.

According to a Forsyth County Sheriff’s report, authorities have identified the driver as 51-year-old Myung Youl Park.

The wreck occurred about 6:45 a.m. as Park was traveling north on Sanders Road in 2002 Ford Explorer.

According to the report, Park lost control after his tires left the road in a sharp curve. The truck struck a culvert, causing it to flip and land in a finger of Lake Lanier that touches Sanders.

Park, who was trapped inside, was reportedly en route to open his business, Summit Cleaners, on Market Place Boulevard.

Forsyth County Fire Capt. Jason Shivers said a passing school bus driver reported seeing the wheels of the overturned Explorer about 8 a.m.

Shivers said firefighters searched the shallow water to make sure no one else was in the Explorer, which had been difficult to spot because of thick brush.

The sport utility vehicle was partially submerged in the lake, a short distance off Sanders, just south of Mable Lake and about halfway between Mary Alice and Buford Dam roads.

That stretch of Sanders was closed for about two hours while authorities worked the scene and removed the SUV from the lake.

The wreck snarled the morning commute, as Sanders has been serving as a detour during road construction on Buford Dam between it and Market Place Boulevard.

The death was the first of the month on county roads and seventh of the year.

The last fatal wreck occurred on March 26, when a 24-year-old Suwanee man died after a three-vehicle collision on McGinnis Ferry Road at the Forsyth-Fulton County line.