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Patients, staff return to Dahlonega hospital after evacuation
Area roads also reopening after tanker truck accident

Chestatee Regional Hospital in Dahlonega is operating normally after an evacuation early Sunday, March, 18, following a tanker truck accident.

“We have been given the OK to safely bring patients and staff back,” a Facebook post reads. “All departments of the hospital are back open and operational, including the emergency room.”

Earlier, the hospital said it was working with Northeast Georgia Medical Center “to make sure our patients are transferred and cared for accordingly.”

Sean Couch, spokesman for the Gainesville-based Northeast Georgia Health System, said the nine patients brought to the hospital were transferred back to Chestatee.

Earlier in the day, the oxygen-filled truck overturned at Crown Mountain Drive and Mountain Drive and began leaking oxygen, Lumpkin County Sheriff Stacy M. Jarrard said on Facebook.

Authorities ordered an evacuation of the area, as safely removing remaining oxygen in the tank would be “a dangerous process.”

Initially, they were concerned the process could take up to 36 hours.

Area roadways also were shut down, but Jarrard posted about 5 p.m. that all area roads were open.