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5 people hurt, 2 seriously in afternoon crash
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Five Georgians were injured — two seriously — in a wreck Monday afternoon on Candler Highway at Bolman Road.

“There was a total of six (people) and five (with) injuries. Two of those you could classify as serious,” Georgia State Patrol Cpl. C. E. Parker said.

Suffering from serious injuries were Kellie Anne Peppers, 37, of Winder, and John Daniel Mills Sr., 73, of Gillsville. Others hurt included Sabrina Mills Nix, 40, of Gillsville; Mason Charles Myers, 30, of Monroe; and Margaret Wade Mills, 63, of Gillsville. All were transported to a hospital. A 7-year-old girl in Nix’s car was uninjured.

The three-vehicle wreck happened at 4 p.m. when Peppers’ white Honda Odyssey crossed the center line on Candler Highway and sideswiped a Sysco Food tractor-trailer, driven by Myers. Peppers’ minivan then struck Nix’s black Toyota Corolla, which was behind the 18-wheeler, officials said.

The Georgia State Patrol investigated and cited Peppers for failure to maintain lane, officials said.

An hour later, Gainesville Police responded to a two-car crash on Browns Bridge Road near Murphy Boulevard.

A passenger vehicle and SUV collided head-on, injuring two people. Both were taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center with minor injuries, Gainesville Police said.

“It was nothing critical,”  Gainesville Police Cpl. Kevin Holbrook said.

The road was closed for a short time while police worked the scene.