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One person critically injured after morning Candler Highway wreck
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One driver was critically injured after a Jeep collided with a tractor-trailer Tuesday morning on Ga.60/Candler Highway.

Georgia State Patrol responded after 7:30 a.m. to Candler Highway at Lee Land Road to a two-vehicle incident.

John P. Smith, 37, of Gainesville, was driving a Jeep Cherokee northbound on Candler Highway, as a tractor-trailer driven by Joseph Strickland, 53, of Crawford headed southbound.

“The Jeep failed to maintain its lane of travel as it crossed the centerline, entering into the southbound lane,” state patrol wrote in an email. “The tractor-trailer attempted to brake and steer to avoid impact.”

State patrol said the Jeep struck the trailer portion in the southbound lane.

Smith was critically injured and taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center, while Strickland was uninjured.

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