An Alto woman died Tuesday after losing control of a 2004 GMC Envoy and crashing into a concrete truck just north of the intersection of Ga. 365 and Howard Road, Georgia State Patrol reported.
Margaret Johns, 72, was fatally injured in the wreck
Johns lost control while driving south in the right lane, rotated counterclockwise through the median and crashed into the cement truck traveling north in the left lane, GSP reported.
Adam Hunter, the 27-year-old driver of the 2001 Sterling LT950, was uninjured. State patrol said Hunter is from Cornelia.
The wreck caused northbound and southbound lanes of Ga. 365 to be shut down in the vicinity of the collision.
Georgia State Patrol is investigating the wreck.
The Hall County Sheriff’s Office controlled traffic while first responders extricated the victim from the twisted vehicle.
Gainesville resident Francisco de la Rosa was among dozens of motorists stuck in traffic as first responders converged on the scene of the crash at approximately 12:45 p.m.
“I was going to a friend’s house when I came upon the crash,” De La Rosa said. “I’ve been sitting here for 30 minutes.”
De La Rosa and the many more behind him would wait about another 40 minutes before Gainesville firefighters removed the victim from the wreck and Patterson’s wrecker service loaded and took the vehicle from the scene.
The area is no stranger to deadly crashes. In April 2012, a woman was killed in a crash at the intersection of Ga. 365 and Howard Road. Then in July 2013, three people were killed and six others injured in a wreck at the intersection.