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Wreck sends two to local hospitals
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A Friday evening rush hour wreck at Highway 53 and Ga. 400 sent two people to a local hospital. A Dawsonville woman also involved was treated and released at the scene, authorities said.

At approximately 6:10 p.m. Jan. 2, a 2005 Dodge Ram truck, driven by James Barnes, 57, of Gainesville, was traveling east on highway 53 under a green light, when his vehicle was struck while crossing Ga. 400.

His vehicle was struck on the right rear side, rotated clockwise, and came to rest in the intersection, facing toward Dawsonville, Georgia State Patrol Spokeswoman Robin Stone said Monday.

A 1998 Cadillac, driven by Francis Webb, 85, of Dawsonville, was traveling north on Ga. 400 when it struck the truck.

Mr. Webb stated he saw the light at 400 was red, but that he could not find the brake pedal with his foot in order to avoid a collision, Stone said. The car belonged to his wife and he was not accustomed to driving it.

Barnes and a passenger were transported to a lo- cal hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Webb received a hand injury and was not transported.

Webb was cited for failure to obey traffic signals, and received a warning on no proof of insurance.

Id like to remind folks to please be sure their insurance card is in the vehicle at all time, Stone said. It is the law that you have to have proof of insurance.Details of a second accident at Highways 183 and 53 were unavailable at press time. This accident shut down portions of both roads Saturday, Jan. 3, at approximately 6:30 p.m. Conditions at the time in Dawson County were foggy and rainy.

Stone offered four tips for driving in wet, foggy conditions:

Slow down. Normally, when the rain first hits, it mixes with oil and dirt, which can cause the roads to be extremely slick, she said. Its dark, and you can only see as far as your headlights.

If the rain is extremely heavy, pull off the road safely until the rain lifts.

Make sure your tires have good tread

Dont drive through flooded areas

If youre in an emergency situation, always call 911. Well be there to help you out.