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Wrecks temporarily close two Hall roads

POSTED: October 20, 2007 5:05 a.m.

Two accidents during times of heavy traffic on major roads in Hall County resulted in two injuries on Monday.

A Fairmont man was flown to Grady Memorial Hospital after a dump truck hit his Chevrolet head-on shortly after 7 a.m.

Tommy Buttrum, 49, was sent to Grady with serious injuries after a Kenworth truck crossed the center lane of Browns Bridge Road, striking his white Chevrolet 1500 pick-up truck, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

The driver of the Kenworth truck, Willie James Burton Jr., 68, of Gainesville swerved into the eastbound lane of traffic in an effort to avoid hitting the
vehicles turning left in front of him, according to Georgia State Patrol reports.

Burton was charged with following too closely and driving on the wrong side of the roadway.

Another accident on Interstate 985 near Friendship Road shut down southbound traffic for nearly three hours while authorities scrambled to clean up spilled vegetable oil.

The one-vehicle accident involving a tanker truck occurred at 4:15 p.m. Monday, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

The truck overturned in a southbound lane of the interstate, with gallons of oil leaking onto the interstate. Hall County sheriff’s deputies detoured southbound traffic for two hours while the grease was cleaned up and loaded onto another truck.

The driver of the overturned truck was taken to Lanier Park campus of Northeast Georgia Medical Center for treatment. The Georgia State Patrol did not release the driver’s name Monday night.



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