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Gainesville man dies after Tuesday wreck
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A Gainesville man died after a crash Tuesday on Ga. 60/Candler Road, according to authorities.

John P. Smith, 37, died Tuesday after being transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

According to Georgia State Patrol, Smith was driving around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday in a Jeep Cherokee northbound on Candler Road. A tractor-trailer driven by Joseph Strickland, 53, of Crawford was headed southbound near Lee Land Road.

“The Jeep failed to maintain its lane of travel as it crossed the centerline entering into the southbound lane,” state patrol wrote in a news release.

Strickland attempted to brake and steer away from the incident, but the Jeep struck the trailer in the southbound lane, authorities said.

Smith suffered critical injuries and was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

Strickland was uninjured in the collision.

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