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Wreck on Bannister Road sends 6 to hospital
Two critically injured but expected to recover

Six young adults were transported to various hospitals overnight Wednesday into Thursday after the Honda CR-V they were riding in hit a Dodge Ram pickup truck head-on on Bannister Road in north Forsyth.

Around 12:20 a.m. Sept. 21, the Honda, which was being driven by a 23-year-old male from Dawsonville, attempted to make a right turn from Govan Road onto Bannister Road (Hwy. 369) when he “made his right turn too wide and struck the Dodge Ram head-on,” according to Deputy Doug Rainwater, a spokesman for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.

“Everyone — several males and several females — went to the hospital, and there were several serious injuries, but they are going to be OK,” he said. “The driver of the Dodge Ram pickup, a 25-year-old from Dahlonega, was not injured.

“The cause of the crash is still under investigation by the sheriff’s office Traffic Specialist Unit (TSU) and charges are pending the result of the investigation.”

A total of four ambulances were used in Thursday’s wreck — three from Forsyth and one from Dawson County, as part of a mutual-aid agreement between the counties.

It was not immediately known whether drugs or alcohol are suspected as factors in the crash, and Rainwater said TSU was called away from the scene shortly after arrival after receiving a call about a fatal, single-vehicle motorcycle wreck further south on Bannister Road, which one of the ambulances came upon when leaving the two-car wreck.

The victim of that crash was identified midday Thursday as 21-year-old north Forsyth resident Jacob Hammond, the grandson of Forsyth County Planning Commission Chairwoman Bettina Hammond, Linda Ledbetter and Sheryl Croft.

Hammond’s death marks the third fatality in Forsyth County this week. 

On Monday, two Cumming men, an uncle and nephew, were killed when their garbage truck collided with a Mack dump truck at the entrance of Fowler Park in south Forsyth.

TSU worked that wreck as well.