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Crash involving a Gainesville city truck sends 5 to NGMC

Five people, including two boys, were transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center after a three-vehicle wreck Saturday, Nov. 28, authorities said.

Georgia State Patrol Cpl. Major Patterson said Tara McDowell, 31, of Dawsonville, was heading southbound around 1:33 p.m. Saturday on Thompson Bridge Road in the center turn lane.

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Jesus Medrano, 51, of Gainesville, was driving a Kia Cadenza northbound in the right lane, and John Staton, 50, of Gainesville, was stopped at a stop sign on Oak Tree Drive in a Ford F250 owned by the city of Gainesville.

Patterson said McDowell turned into the path of Medrano’s car and struck the car head-on. Medrano’s car then struck Staton’s truck in the front with Medrano’s passenger side, authorities said.

Both drivers and their passengers were taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. Staton was uninjured.

Patterson said McDowell was cited for failure to yield while turning left.

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