An Oakwood man died and two others were transported to local hospitals last Thursdayfollowing a collision on Highway 53, two miles east of downtown Dawsonville.
Authorities said the accident occurred around 11:30 a.m.when a tractor-trailer carrying chicken feed overturned and collided with a passenger vehicle near Buddy Burt Road.
The driver of a 2012 Freightliner tractor-trailer, identified as Jason Dale Kimberly, 36, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of a 2001 Chevy Impala, Misty Anderson, 34, of Dawsonville, and a 15-year-old female were taken by ambulance to Northeast Georgia Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries, according to Georgia State Patrol spokeswoman Robin Stone.
A 16-year-old male in the car received minor injuries and was treated and released at the scene.
Kimberly, according to Stone, failed to maintain his lane of travel while negotiating the curve.
While heading toward Dawsonville, Kimberly reportedly left the roadway on the right shoulder, overcorrected as he entered back onto the road, and crossed the double yellow lines, before overturning and sliding across the highway, authorities said.
Vehicle one (the truck) then struck the front of vehicle two (the Impala), pushing the vehicle into an embankment, Stone said.
Local nurse Sandy Sawyer said she was the third person to arrive on the scene, having left a Christmas party earlier for her son at Robinson Elementary School.
I didnt see what happened, but it looked like the tractor-trailer had overturned onto a car, Sawyer said. There was a pedestrian on top of the car helping people out. I helped the mom (Misty Anderson) out of the car. Another lady stopped and we started cleaning up the teenagers and picking glass out of their hair. The girl had a laceration on her forehead.
I saw the truck driver wasnt in the cab, and I thought he was probably under the vehicle. It was horrifying. It looked like a scene out of a movie.
Sawyer, who works at Anderson Family Medicine, has been a nurse 13 years.
One thing Id like to say is the Dawson County firefighters, paramedics, everyone there did an amazing job, Sawyer said. They worked diligently to secure the scene and to recover the driver of the truck. We, as citizens of Dawson County are lucky that we have well trained emergency personnel. It was a very sad ending to a tragic situation.
All passengers were wearing seat belts.
Neither alcohol nor drugs were suspected, according to Stone.
Details of the trucks rate of speed have not been released.
We want to remind folks to always wear their seat belts, to slow down, and give yourself plenty of time to get to holiday parties or Christmas shopping, Stone said. Unfortuantely, in this situation, a driver did lose his life.
If youre going to drink, dont drive, Stone advised.Arrive home alive, she said. Be smart. Give your keys to someone else, or call a taxi, and theres free rides everywhere.