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Wrecks blamed on ice
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A one-vehicle accident in the early afternoon of Jan. 25 serves as a reminder to be extra cautious when roads are icy.

Guy Rouse, 86, from Dawsonville, was traveling on Shoal Creek Road shortly before 2 p.m. Friday when he lost control after crossing an icy bridge. Robin Stone with the Georgia State Patrol said Rouse traveled off the road, striking a ditch and flipping the car onto its roof.

Rouse was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center with minor facial injuries. No charges have been filed.

Three accidents on Friday are being attributed to the icy and rainy weather conditions that plagued the county for much of the day. Sleet and freezing rain began in the county in the morning and continued off and on throughout the day.

A wreck early Saturday morning also is being partially blamed on wet conditions leftover from Fridays weather.

Eric Fox, 47, of Calhoun, was traveling west on Hwy. 53 when his vehicle went off the shoulder and struck the pavement on Coward Road. Following the initial impact, the vehicle traveled across Coward Road and off Hwy. 53 a second time, hitting a fence and coming to rest in a pasture.

Stone said that Fox told investigators he had fallen asleep. Charges in the incident include going too fast for conditions and failure to maintain lane. Alcohol or drugs were not factors, Stone said.

Fox was transported to Northside Forsyth for a leg injury. His passenger, Jody Coleman, 24, from Shannon, Ga., was also transported with head injuries.