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Serious wreck at Duck Thurmond Road
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One motorcycle driver was seriously injured in a weekend wreck at Duck Thurmond Road and Highway 53.

The wreck occurred at 6:25 p.m. Sunday, June 21.

Anne Walters, 61, of Bradenton, Fla., was transported by air ambulance to Grady Hospital, Atlanta.

The patient sustained serious life-threatening injuries in the crash, Dawson County EMS Chief Lanier Swafford said Monday.

Walters was traveling west on Highway 53 driving a 2010 BMW motorcycle. A Ford F150 truck driven by Ashley Carnes, 28, of Gainesville, was traveling south on a private drive located at 788 Duck Thurmond Road, and attempted to make left turn onto Highway 53, according to officials with Georgia State Patrol.

The driver of the truck failed to yield to the motorcycle, said Robin Stone, GSP Post 37 spokeswoman. The front of the motorcycle struck the trucks left front corner. She (Carnes) pulled into the path of the motorcycle when she was pulling out of the driveway.

Canes was charged with failure to yield when entering or crossing a roadway, and given a warning for an expired registration, Stone said.

Neither drugs nor alcohol are suspected in the wreck.

Carnes was wearing a seatbelt.

Wed like to remind all drivers and motorcyclists to slow down on the sharp corners, Stone said. We want folks to have a good time, but safety is priority one. You dont know whats ahead of you around a corner and there might be a wreck that has already happened. Use common sense navigating mountain roads. With it being summertime, youll see a lot more motorcycles. Check all your blind spots and be cautious when around motorcycles.

Two weeks ago, seven people were injured near the same intersection.