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Overturned dump truck shuts down busy crossing
Injured driver cited in crash
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An overturned Mack dump truck shutdown the intersection of Hwy. 9 and Dawson Forest Road for several hours Monday evening as crews attempted to clear the wreckage and an oil spill that resulted from the crash.

Georgia State Patrol spokeswoman Robin Stone said the driver, 41-year-old Robert Edwin Saye of Gainesville, was cited for driving too fast for conditions, failing to maintain lane and an unsecured load.

Saye was taken by ambulance to Northeast Georgia Medical Center for injuries sustained when the truck overturned just after 5 p.m.

His condition was unknown as of Tuesday afternoon.

Stone said the truck was locally owned by Lookout Dumpsters Inc.

The crossing is one of three major intersections where road improvements are planned.

Officials with the Georgia Department of Transportation have announced plans to build a double roundabout at Dawson Forest Road and Hwy. 9 South.

Dawson County Commission Chairman Mike Berg last summer said the improvements at Hwy. 9 and Dawson Forest Road would be put on a construction fast track due to proximity of the nearby schools, fire station and park creating a need for greater safety in the area.

The General Assembly passed a bill in April that allocates an additional $1 billion annually to the state's transportation needs.

Sen. Steve Gooch said there are several needed road projects in Dawson County that have been overlooked for too long.

"There are some issues here in Dawson County that have been put on the back burner for years, because funding wasn't there, and I think now is a good time to readdress them," he said in June. "Traffic lights out here on 400, maybe a round-about at Dawson Forest and Hwy. 9 South, and some areas where there is some economic development possibilities."

 

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