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Two seriously injured in Athens Highway wreck

Two men were injured in a wreck Tuesday, Nov. 20, on Athens Highway.

Authorities responded around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday on Ga. 11/Athens Highway and Squires Road.

Georgia State Patrol Cpl. Joshua Hedden said Bennie Ray Davis, 51, of Murrayville, was driving northbound on Ga. 11/Athens Highway in a Mitsubishi Eclipse around the curve near Squires Road. Peter Harry Shanahan, 58, of Mill Spring, North Carolina, was headed southbound coming around that same curve in a Mercedes Benz E350.

“For unknown reasons, (Davis’s car) traveled into the southbound lane of Ga. 11,” Hedden wrote in an email.

Davis’ car struck the front of Shanahan’s car, sending the Mercedes into a ditch.

Hedden said both sustained serious injuries and were taken to an area hospital.

Davis was cited for failure to maintain lane and open container in passenger area. He was listed Thursday in fair condition, according to a Northeast Georgia Health System official.

Shanahan was discharged from the hospital Wednesday, the official said.