Dawsonville woman injured in Christmas Day wreck


LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. – A Dawsonville woman was one of five people injured in a two-car crash on SR 400 Christmas Day.

Troopers from the Cumming Post of the Georgia State Patrol were dispatched to the scene and, according to their report, a 2018 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck traveling east on Whelchel Road was attempting to turn left onto SR 400 to travel northbound.  The Tacoma was driven by 28-year-old Jack Smith of Murrayville.  Chelsea Oliver, 21, from Dawsonville, was a passenger in the truck.

A 2001 Mercedes Benz was traveling south on SR 400 in the left lane.  The Mercedes Benz was driven by 21 year-old Brittani Chandler of Cumming.  John Chandler, 28 of Cumming, and 58-year-old George White, of Cumming, were passengers in the Mercedes.

The Tacoma failed to yield to the Mercedes as it entered SR 400. Chandler attempted to brake and swerve to the left to avoid a collision, however, the front of her vehicle stuck the left side of the pickup truck.  The collision occurred in the left southbound lane of SR 400 and the crossover area of the intersection.

All persons were transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center for medical evaluation and treatment.  None of the injuries appeared to be life threatening.

All persons but White were wearing their seatbelts.  Air bag deployment was present in both vehicles.

Alcohol and drugs were not a factor in this crash and distracted driving did not appear to be a factor.

Smith was cited for failing to yield after stopping at a stop sign.



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