A stormy morning led to wet roadways and a handful of traffic accidents Wednesday, including one fatality.
A woman driving on Ga. 211 in Braselton was killed Wednesday morning when she lost control of her car, according to emergency service officials.
The woman was driving her Chevrolet Corvette on Ga. 211 going east when she lost control of the car and drove into the westbound lane. The other driver, who was in a Dodge truck, hit the car on the driver’s side, Georgia State Patrol officials said.
Braselton Police Chief Terry Esco said the accident occurred near Riverstone Park subdivision past Thompson Mill Road.
“We think she hydroplaned. We know there’s a confirmed fatality and the other driver (in the truck) wasn’t hurt,” Esco said.
Officials said they could not release the name of the woman who was killed in the accident.
The Georgia Department of Transportation and a unit from Hall County Fire Services also were on the scene.
Ga. 211 was temporarily blocked by the wreck.
A Hall County Sheriff’s deputy was released from Northeast Georgia Medical Center Wednesday following a morning wreck in which his car overturned on Interstate 985, officials said.
The deputy, Jonathan Jackson, was in good condition with some soreness and was sent home to recover, Hall County Sheriff’s Col. Jeff Strickland said.
Rescue workers had to cut open the roof of the car to remove Jackson. The wreck happened at about 10 a.m. when the deputy was northbound on I-985 in heavy rain.
Jackson lost control of his car, it left the road and struck a guardrail.
The one-vehicle wreck prompted emergency officials to close off the interstate from Exit 12 to Exit 17 for a time. It has since reopened.
The cause of the wreck is under investigation by the Georgia State Patrol.
And Hall County authorities are urging motorists and property owners to be on the lookout for two missing horses that are loose near Gillsville Highway and Joe Parker Road.
A third horse was struck by a car and killed Monday night. Occupants of the vehicle were unharmed, according to a news release from Hall County. Other details of the accident weren’t immediately known.
Mike Ledford, director of animal control, said a 1,200-pound horse is a serious traffic hazard. In May 2009, a man was killed when his car struck a horse on U.S. 129 near Gaines Mill Road.
Animal control has received several reports about the two remaining horses near Gillsville Highway since Monday’s accident, but the horses disappeared before officers arrived.
“We definitely want to be proactive and get them corralled,” Ledford said. “Obviously it’s a public safety issue.”
It is not known at this time where the horses came from.
“If we can figure out who owned them we can go to them for help,” Ledford said.
Anyone who spots the missing animals is asked to immediately call animal control dispatch at 770-531-6830.
“We’re trying to do a community service so nobody gets hurt and the animals don’t get hurt,” Ledford said.
Reporters Stephen Gurr, Ashley Fielding and Melissa Weinman and regional staff member Claire Miller contributed to this story.