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Teen hospitalized after wreck
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Emergency crews from Dawson and Forsyth counties work to free a 15-year-old from a vehicle Thursday afternoon after a crash near Hwy. 53 and 400 Center Lane. The teen was flown to an Atlanta hospital in critical condition. - photo by Michele Hester Dawson Community News

A Dawsonville teenager remained hospitalized Tuesday, five days after he was injured in a two-vehicle wreck near Ga. 400.

  

A spokeswoman at Grady Memorial Hospital said Blake McDaniel, 15, was in stable condition, though officials weren’t sure if he if would be able to return home this week.

  

Authorities said McDaniel was in critical condition when flown Thursday afternoon to the hospital in Atlanta.

  

Dawson County Sheriff’s Lt. Tony Wooten said the wreck happened about 3:30 p.m. Thursday near the McDonald’s at Hwy. 53 and 400 Center Lane.

  

Emergency crews from Dawson and Forsyth counties worked for more than an hour to free McDaniel, a student at Dawson County High School, from the wreckage in temperatures well above 90 degrees.

  

“He was in and out of consciousness, and it was so hot we were having to rotate out our personnel to keep them from falling out in the heat,” said Billy Thurmond, Dawson County’s emergency services director.

  

The teen’s older brother Will McDaniel, 21, was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center for evaluation of injuries that were described as not life-threatening.

  

The older McDaniel has been charged with failing to yield in connection with the wreck, which Wooten said occurred when he pulled into the path of a 2005 Ford F-350.

  

The Ford, driven by 17-year-old Kurt Ulrich of Dawson County, struck McDaniel’s 2003 Chevy S-10 on its passenger side.

  

Ulrich, who was traveling alone, was not cited in the wreck and was not injured.

  

According a report of the incident, all three people involved were wearing seat belts.

  

The collision closed a portion of Hwy. 53 for more than an hour.

  

Emergency officials said the Blake McDaniel’s legs were trapped from the impact of the crash, which made it difficult to get him out.

  

“We were able to move the F-350 about 12 inches, but we couldn’t move it any farther away from the other truck because it was holding it up,” said Tim Satterfield, Dawson’s deputy chief of emergency services.

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