Nine Hall County jail inmates were taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center after a wreck Monday morning on E.E. Butler Parkway, according to authorities.
Hall County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Edgard Gonzales was driving a transport van southbound on E.E. Butler Parkway and ran into the rear of a Toyota Highlander, according to Georgia State Patrol
The Highlander was stopped in traffic.
“After being struck by the transport van the Highlander traveled forward and struck the rear of a GMC Yukon,” state patrol’s A.J. Allen wrote in a news release.
Nayeli Aguilar, 20, of Gainesville, and her 7-month-old son were inside the Yukon and uninjured.
Lori Maxim, 59, of Gainesville, was driving the Highlander and suffered minor injuries. Maxim is the director of revenue for Morris Multimedia, which is affiliated with Metro Market Media, the parent company of The Times.
“Nine jail inmates in the van were transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center with minor injuries,” Allen wrote.
Maxim said a vehicle two cars ahead of her was turning in to the Church’s Chicken, and she and the car ahead of her stopped in time.
“I looked in my rear-view mirror and I saw the van coming at me fast. I held onto my steering wheel (and) stomped on the brake, and they hit me from behind pretty hard,” Maxim said.
Maxim’s front bumper, back bumper and hatch were damaged in the wreck, and all of the vehicles in the wreck turned in to the lot next to the restaurant.
Maxim noticed a couple of the inmates from the transport van were bent over.
The case is under investigation by state patrol and the sheriff’s office.