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Pair of wrecks involving same car leave one person seriously injured

A Cleveland man was seriously injured after his car was involved in two separate wrecks on Interstate 985 northbound Wednesday night.

Joseph Chute, 58, of Cleveland, was driving a Toyota Camry northbound on the interstate at the same time as Nolan Lassiter, 81, of Cornelia, in a Lincoln Town Car.

Georgia State Patrol said Lassiter was slowing down “due to traffic merging into one lane for construction work.”

“(Chute’s car) was following too close and struck (Lassiter’s car) in the left rear with its right front,” Cpl. Joshua Hedden wrote in an email.

Chute was seriously injured, according to authorities.

Lassiter was not injured, but his passenger, Melinda Lassiter, 79, of Cornelia, had a complaint of injury, Hedden said.

While Chute’s car was stopped from the crash, Martel Sellers, 34, of Lawrenceville, was attempting to change lanes and was following too closely, Hedden said.

Sellers’ Mercedes Benz then struck Chute’s car “in the rear with its front,” Hedden said.

Sellers was charged with following too closely. He had minor injuries, and his passenger, Curtis Warren, 39, of Elkhart, Indiana, was uninjured.

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