Wreck with Entrapment at Ga. 400 and Hwy. 53

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — Dawson County Fire units responded at 2:36 p.m. to a motor vehicle accident with entrapment. Dawson County Engine 2 arrived on scene and observed one dump truck over turned onto a passenger vehicle. Additional Engines, Med units, Forsyth County Heavy
Rescue and Air Life were there to assist in the extrication and treatment of the trapped
occupants.

Fire/Rescue personnel on scene, had to perform an extensive extrication to free the patient
from the passenger vehicle. Various extrication equipment and Wrecker services were used
to stabilize the vehicles. Once the vehicles were stabilized personnel were able to use “Jaws
of Life” to free entrapped occupant.

Two patients were transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center by ground. Both
patients appear to be in stable condition. Georgia State Patrol is investigating the cause of
the accident.

 

(Photos provided by Dawson County Fire/EMS)

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It’s official: NGHS to build hospital in Lumpkin Co.

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GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) announced plans to offer hospital services at the former home of Chestatee Regional Hospital later this year and begin developing a new replacement hospital along Georgia 400 in Lumpkin County.

“We’re thrilled to share this exciting news, which ensures people in and around Lumpkin County will have local access to the high-quality health care they need for generations to come,” says Carol Burrell, president and CEO of NGHS.  “We appreciate the patience of the community as we’ve worked to create solutions that are high-quality, sustainable, and deliver on our mission to improve the health of the community in all we do.”

“This is an answered prayer for those of us who have lived and worked in Lumpkin County for decades,” says Donna Whitfield, MD, a fifth-generation Dahlonega native and internal medicine physician with Northeast Georgia Physicians Group who has practiced in Lumpkin County for 18 years.  “The roots of NGHS run deep in this area, which it’s helped care for since Northeast Georgia Medical Center Gainesville opened in 1951, and we know there’s no other organization better suited to start a new era of healthcare in this community.”

The NGHS team has already started working to open an emergency department – along with some inpatient beds, imaging equipment and other services – in July 2019 at the existing building that was once home to Chestatee Regional Hospital.  The new hospital facility will be called Northeast Georgia Medical Center Lumpkin, or NGMC Lumpkin for short.  Complete emergency services will be provided 24/7/365 by the same group of physicians that care for emergency patients at all Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) hospitals.

“Our physicians and Lumpkin County EMS already work very closely together, as the majority of emergency trauma, cardiac and stroke patients from the area have been transported to NGMC Gainesville for years,” says Mohak Davé, MD, chief of Emergency Medicine for NGMC.  “Now, we look forward to providing excellent emergency care for people in Lumpkin County and surrounding communities – closer to their homes.”

While offering services at the existing hospital site will preserve the Certificate of Need authority to operate a hospital in Lumpkin County and meet the short-term needs of the community, planning has also begun for a new replacement hospital facility to sit on 57 acres NGHS already owns along Georgia 400, near the intersection with Highway 60.  The new facility is tentatively scheduled to open in 2022 and expected to provide emergency services, inpatient medical/surgical care, imaging services and a focus on outpatient surgery.

“When we recently interviewed and surveyed people in the Lumpkin County area, the overwhelming majority told us three things – they need an emergency room, they want a new hospital that meets the needs of the community, and they trust and prefer Northeast Georgia Health System to care for them,” says Louis Smith, president of Acute and Post-Acute Operations for NGHS.  “We heard them, and we intend to deliver on all three counts.”

The number of beds and operating rooms at the new replacement hospital facility will be determined during the planning process, which will also explore innovative ways to deliver care.

“As the population and needs of this area grow, creating a new healthcare destination presents an opportunity to explore new ideas and expand the way people think about hospitals,” says Dr. Whitfield.  “I’m extremely interested in understanding how we can use digital technology, for things like virtual visits, and involve aspects of integrative medicine which include holistic care for the mind and spirit – not just the body.”

As the transition from the existing hospital facility to the new hospital facility is on the horizon, planning for how the existing facility will be used long-term is also in the works. NGHS currently leases the former Chestatee Regional Hospital property from The University System of Georgia Board of Regents. At some point in the future, the University of North Georgia will likely relocate some of its health sciences programs and services to the property.

“These positive changes in our local healthcare landscape create exciting opportunities to enhance the way we teach and prepare our students,” says Dr. Bonita Jacobs, president of the University of North Georgia (UNG).  “We look forward to the potential to collaborate with NGHS and other local providers.”

Other local leaders are optimistic about other ways a new hospital could impact the community.

“I’ve driven and supported efforts to establish a new hospital in Lumpkin County and expand UNG’s healthcare programs on the Dahlonega campus, in large part because of the role healthcare plays in today’s economics,” says Senator Steve Gooch, a Dahlonega resident and former executive director of Lumpkin County’s Development Authority.  “We’ve all seen the growth and prosperity a new hospital and associated development can bring, and we look forward to working alongside NGHS to build a better future for our community.”

 

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State Patrol identifies adults injured in Thursday crash on SR 136

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DAWSON COUNTY, Ga. – The Georgia State Patrol has identified the adults injured in Thursday’s single-vehicle wreck on SR 136 just west of Eagle Creek Farm Road that sent two adults and three children to the hospital.

SFP Curtis Bradshaw of Post 37 in Cumming said in an email that a 2005 Buick LaCrosse, driven by 38-year-old Michael Don Land of Dawsonville, was traveling west on SR 136 when it veered off the road to the left.  The LaCrosse traveled down a steep embankment and struck some small trees at the bottom of the hill.

Land and an adult passenger, 30-year-old Crystal Gooch of Dawsonville, were taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville for treatment of their injuries.  The driver suffered non-life threatening injuries.  The adult passenger suffered serious injuries.

There were three children, ages 4, 5, and 6, in the vehicle as well.  All three children were taken to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.  Two of the children were transported by helicopter from the scene to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.  The third was initially transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville and then later transferred to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.  Two of the children suffered serious injuries.  The third child suffered non-life threatening injuries.

The crash is still under investigation.

 

 

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Dawsonville woman injured in Christmas Day wreck

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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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Sugar Hill woman dies in crash on Ga. 400

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – A Sugar Hill woman was killed and a Gainesville man injured in a two-vehicle crash near the intersection of Ga. 400 South and Dawsonville Highway today.

Sgt. Casey Coffee, Assistant Commander of Georgia State Patrol Post 37 in Cumming, reports that Sherri Deal, 55, was traveling north on GA 400 in the right lane of the left turns lanes that continue to GA 53 west when she failed to obey the traffic signal and ran a red light.

Her Toyota Prius was struck on the passenger side by a Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Benny Smith of Gainesville.

Deal was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NEGMC) in Gainesville where she died of her injuries. Smith was also taken to NEGMC. The extent of his injuries is not known at this time.

 

 

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Dawson County jailer arrested in Dahlonega

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John Michael Kormos

DAHLONEGA, Ga. – For the second time in eight days, a Dawson County Sheriff’s Office jailer is in trouble with the law.

John Michael Kormos, 30, a detention officer at the Dawson County Detention Center, was arrested in Dahlonega Tuesday and charged with simple battery and reckless conduct following a weekend argument with his estranged wife during which a firearm was discharged.

Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office deputies Jacob Smith, Damon Nix and Jameson Grulla responded to a frantic 9-1-1 call at 218 John Dowdy Road in Dahlonega Saturday during which Erica Christine Vibert, 24, was crying hysterically and claiming that Kormos was attempting to commit suicide.

According to the incident report, as the deputies reached the front door, they could see a man (later identified as Kormos) standing over a woman (identified as Vibert) who was kneeling. Both were ordered to lay face down on the floor.

Once the scene was secure, Kormos told deputies he and Vibert had been separated for a short and they were arguing about her seeing someone else.

Vibert said when she attempted to leave, he went to a room, took out a gun, pointed it at his head and threatened to kill himself. She then attempted to wrestle the firearm away from him and it discharged into the bed. Vibert said Kormos had been taking medication for depression and that he never meant to hurt her.

Deputy Smith said he could smell alcohol on Kormos’ breath and ordered him taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center for a mental evaluation while a warrant was taken for his arrest.

Kormos turned himself in at the Lumpkin County Detention Center Tuesday.

 

 

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Charges pending on driver of Malibu that was involved in a four-vehicle crash that injured six

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia State Patrol released a report today (June 25) that indicates charges are pending against the driver of a Chevrolet Malibu that was involved in a four-vehicle crash on State Road 53 Thursday that resulted in serious injuries to six people.

Sergeant First Class Curtis W. Bradshaw of the Georgia State Patrol, reports at approximately 5:16 p.m., troopers were dispatched to a multi-vehicle crash on SR 53 near Buddy Burt Road in Dawson County.

A Chevrolet Malibu, driven by 28-year-old Ashley Nicole Jett from Dawsonville, was traveling north on SR 53 in the area of Buddy Burt in the left lane at a high rate of speed. Jett was attempting to negotiate a right hand curve when she lost control of the Malibu on the wet roadway.  The Malibu rotated clockwise before sliding sideways across the centerline into the southbound lane of SR 53.

A Toyota Prius, driven by 45-year-old Christopher Mackey Kelly from Demorest, was traveling south on SR 53 in this same area.  After the Malibu crossed the centerline, the front of the Prius struck the right side of the Malibu.

A Honda Pilot, driven by 49-year old Sarah Elizabeth Griggs from Dawsonville, was traveling south on SR 53 behind the Prius.  After the impact with the Prius, the Malibu rotated counter clockwise and the front of the Malibu struck the front of the Honda Pilot.

A Kia Forte, driven by 38-year-old Clinton Lee Decker from Dawsonville, was traveling north on SR 53 behind the Malibu.  The Forte became involved in the crash when it ran over debris from the crash in the roadway.

Jett and her front seat passenger, 27 year old Robert Wallace from Dawsonville, were both ejected from the Malibu at some point.  Wallace was not wearing his seat belt.  It is believed that Jett was wearing her seat belt, but the seat belt broke resulting in her ejection.  Jett was airlifted to Grady Memorial Hospital with serious injuries. Wallace was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center with serious injuries.

Kelly was transported to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta with his seven-year-old son.  The front seat passenger in the Prius, 43 year old Kathryn Kaplan Kelly from Demorest, was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center.  Both were wearing their seat belts.  The seven-year-old male was properly restrained in a child seat.  All three had injuries that were believed to be non-life threatening.

Griggs was wearing her seat belt and was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center with what was believed to be non-life threatening injuries.

Decker was wearing his seat belt and was not injured.

The crash occurred just after a rain storm and the roadway was wet at the time of the crash.

Witnesses reported that it appeared that Jett and Wallace may have been arguing or fighting just before the crash.  Witnesses also reported that Jett was driving very fast for the wet road conditions just prior to the crash.

There was no evidence that alcohol or drugs played a part in this crash.

Charges are pending in this crash.

 

 

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Jasper Woman Dies in Dawson County Wreck

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DAWSON COUNTY, Ga. – A Jasper woman was killed and a two-year-old girl is believed to be in critical condition following a single-vehicle accident on Hwy. 53 Wednesday east of Dawsonville.

Georgia State Patrol reports that 69-year-old Frances Louise Duncan was killed when the 2009 Kia Sportage she was driving failed to negotiate a left-hand curve, traveled off the south shoulder and into a ditch, striking the embankment of a deep drainage culvert. The vehicle then overturned with the front and hood area against the embankment and the rear of the vehicle facing up. Duncan was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.

An unidentified two-year-old female was also in the vehicle and she was transported by Emergency Management Services to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, where she was believed to be in critical condition, before being airlifted to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta for treatment.

 

 

 

 

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