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Head-on collison sends seven to area hospitals Saturday
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A head-on collision near the intersection of Duck Thurmond Road and Highway 53 sent seven people to area hospitals Saturday morning, including three children.

The driver of a 2012 Lexus, Beverly Pryor, 65, of Rossville, was traveling west on Highway 53 at 10:05 a.m. and had just exited a left-hand curve and crossed the center line.

A 2006 Nissan Quest van, driven by Philip Trask of Trenton, was headed in the opposite direction, carrying two additional adults and three children.

The Lexus struck the van head on, Georgia State Patrol spokesperson Robin Stone said. After impact, the Lexus rotated clockwise and came to a rest on the south shoulder facing north. The van rotated clockwise and came to a rest in both lanes of Highway 53.

Two adults and a 13-year-old female were airlifted to area hospitals. Four others were transported by ambulance, according to Dawson County EMS Chief Billy Thurmond.

The driver of the Lexus reported she was concentrating on the vehicles GPS system and road signs and was trying to activate the voice command on the navigation system when the crash occurred, Stone said.

Drugs and alcohol are not suspected in the wreck, and an investigation by Georgia State Patrol is ongoing.

It is unclear if occupants were wearing seatbelts.

Highway 53 was shut down for about an hour.

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