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Names released in head-on collision
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Georgia State Patrol Monday released names of two individuals seriously injured in a head-on collision near the intersection of Bailey Waters Road and Highway 136 on Saturday, May 2.

Matthew Nelson Turner, 31, of Gainesville, and Raymond Jerry Waters, 68, of Dawsonville were airlifted with serious injuries following the wreck.

Turner, driving a 2006 Chevy Silverado, was traveling east on Highway 136 and failed to negotiate a right-hand curve.

His vehicle crossed the double yellow lines and was in the lane of on-coming traffic, with both left tires on the shoulder of the road for approximately 200 feet, GSP Spokeswoman Robin Stone said. As Mr. Turner was trying to correct that, he struck the second the other vehicle head-on.

The occupant of the second vehicle, Raymond Jerry Waters, 68, of Dawsonville, was driving a 1997 Chevy C-60.

Neither drugs, alcohol or cell phone usage are considered factors at this time, Stone said.

Turner was airlifted to Grady Hospital with non-life threatening injuries that included a broken pelvis, broken arm, broken collarbone, and two broken legs.

Waters was airlifted to Atlanta Medical Center with chest and spinal injuries, four broken ribs, cracked fourth and fifth vertebras and a broken ankle, Stone said.

An investigation is on-going and no citations have been issued.

The wreck was the second head-on collision near the intersection of Bailey Waters and Highway 136 in a two week time span.

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