Pickup truck crashes into building on Hwy. 53

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – On Friday, June 29, a 2001 GMC Sierra driven by 36-year-old Jeremy Robert Kittle of Dahlonega was traveling east on Highway 53 in Dawson County when it crossed the middle lane and ran into a building at 300 Dawson Commons Circle.

Neither the driver nor his passenger, Jessica Kittle, 33, nor anyone inside the building was injured.

According to a report by the Georgia State Patrol, the driver suffered some type of medical condition that caused the wreck. Kittle’s vehicle struck a curb then the building and came to a rest with half the vehicle inside the building.

The incident was investigated by the Georgia State Patrol Office in Cumming.

Dawson County Fire Chief/EMA Director Danny Thompson  said a fire engine and Med 2 responded to the incident and secured the vehicle and building.

 

 

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Six people injured in crash on Hwy. 53 Thursday

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DAWSONVILLE Ga.—Georgia State Patrol is investigating a two vehicle accident that injured six people today at approximately 5:30 p.m. The accident took place near Dell Conner Construction and Buddy Burt Road.

Dawson County Emergency Services Director Danny Thompson said six patients were injured and all are in critical condition.

Thompson said one person was life flighted to Grady Memorial Hospital and a child was taken to Children’s Health Care of Atlanta Scottish Rite.

Hwy. 53 remained closed for almost two hours.

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GDOT officials answer questions about roundabout planned for Dawson Forest Rd. and State Route 9

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – Those who attended the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) public information session at Riverview Elementary School Tuesday came away with a better understanding of the purpose of the proposed double roundabouts at the intersection of State Route 9 and Dawson Forest Road.

GDOT officials were on hand to answer questions and listen to suggestions. They also handed out packets that contained a comment card so additional comments could submitted.

Those who could not attend the meeting can still provide comments online until May 30 at www.dot.ga.gov/PS/Public/PublicOutreach. Additionally, questions can be directed to Heidi Schneider at HSchneider@dit,ga.gov   or by calling 68-518-3677.

GDOT officials say the purpose of the project is to enhance traffic operations and reduce crash frequency. It is based on a feasibility study that determined two, single-lane roundabouts are the most favorable intersection control alternative.

The total length of the project is approximately six tenths of a mile. The two roundabouts will be constructed independent of each other. They would consist of 140-foot diameter, 20-foot circulating lane, a 15-foot wide truck apron and 70-foot diameter center island. Curb and gutter would be installed along the outside of the roundabouts with a mountable curb along the inside for the truck apron.

The project is approximately one-quarter mile from Riverview Elementary and 700-feet from Dawson County Fire Station 7.

Northeast District Communications Director Katie Strickland said the project will be let in July 2019 and is expected to take 18-24 months to complete.

County Commissioners Julie Nix attended the meeting and said she enthusiastically supports the project.

“I’m excited about it. This will make it so much safer for everyone. Riverview was built in 2010 and we started hearing from parents of students in 2011 about how dangerous that intersection is. It has taken a long time to move it forward, but when (State Rep.) Kevin Tanner was elected, he was able to get the project fast tracked.”

Fire Chief/EMA Director Danny Thompson said he supports the project but does have some concern about the congestion that could be created in front of the fire station in the morning when school buses and parents are dropping off students at Riverview and in the afternoon when they pick them up.

 

 

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Veteran fireman, EMS director Lanier Swafford resigns

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — Lanier Swafford, a fixture in Dawson County’s Fire Department for almost 30 years, has announced he will resign effective Friday.

Swafford served in the dual role of emergency services director and fire chief until the department was restructured earlier this year. At that time, Swafford accepted a voluntary demotion but retained both ranks until the county hired Danny Thompson as the new Emergency Medical Services (EMS) director last week.

“It is clear the county and Mr. Thompson have decided to go in a different direction, so I have resigned my position effective Friday,” Swafford said.

He started working as a volunteer fireman in Dawson County in 1989 and was promoted to lieutenant in 1991. In 1997, he became a full-time firefighter and was named chief of the volunteer fire department.

Former EMS Director Billy Thurmond promoted Swafford to EMS division chief in 2007. In 2015, he succeeded Thurmond as EMS director.

Thurmond said, “This is a tremendous loss for Dawson County. Lanier was dedicated to the citizens for over 25 years. It’s a huge loss. He is the kind of person you can’t replace. He always had the best interest of the citizens at heart even to the point of missing out on some opportunities with his family due to his dedication.”

Tim Satterfield, who served as deputy fire chief under Swafford, said, “Lanier is a good man. He has done a lot for the citizens of Dawson County and Dawson County Emergency Services. He is well respected throughout the state with all the work he has done for fire services and firefighters in Georgia. I wish him well.”

Swafford said he has worked with Thompson this week to ensure the transition was as smooth as possible.

 

 

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