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State officials to investigate tractor trailer wreck on Hwy. 53
HWY 53 WRECK 1
Photo courtesy of Dawson County Fire and Emergency Services.

Dawson County authorities say that an individual was rushed by air to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta on Monday afternoon, following a three-vehicle wreck involving two tractor-trailers on Hwy. 53 west. 

According to Cpl. Travis S. Sanders of the Georgia State Patrol, the incident occurred at 11 a.m. on Monday when two tractor-trailers collided on the state highway near Amicalola Forest Drive, after one of the tractor-trailers began to overturn while negotiating a curve in the roadway.    

A Toyota RAV 4 heading west on Hwy. 53 was stuck by one of the tractor-trailers, seriously injuring and entrapping the Toyota's driver, a 46-year-old Gainesville man. 

The individual was transported to Grady Hospital by Air Life Georgia, according to Dawson County Fire Chief and EMA Director Danny Thompson, but his condition is unknown at this time.


No other injuries were reported during the incident, Thompson said. 

Sanders said that the GSP Motor Carrier Compliance Division responded to the incident, but that the GSP Specialized Crash Reconstruction Team will conduct it's own independent investigation. 

"At this time there is no evidence of drugs or alcohol being a factor in the crash," Sanders said.   

Hwy. 53 remained closed throughout Monday afternoon so that the wreck could be investigated and cleared, but the area has since been reopened. 

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