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Woman killed in Sardis Road wreck
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A trooper with the Georgia State Patrol marks the path in which a Ford Expedition left the road Tuesday at the scene of a fatal accident on Sardis Road in Gainesville. A 75-year-old female lost control of her Expedition after attempting to avoid running into a mail car making deliveries. - photo by Erin O. Smith

A Gainesville woman was ejected from her vehicle and killed Tuesday afternoon after a wreck on Sardis Road.

A 2001 Ford Expedition driven by 75-year-old Gainesville resident Phyllis Segnitz was driving northbound around 1 p.m. on Sardis Road toward Chestatee Road, Georgia State Patrol Sgt. Anthony Coleman said.

A United States Postal Service truck was being driven by 55-year-old Dawson County resident William Eubanks who was delivering mail from the right-hand lane.

The Expedition, Coleman said, made an evasive lane change and struck the left side of the mail truck.

The Expedition then “traveled across the sidewalk and overturned several times before coming to rest” in a person’s yard, Coleman said.

Segnitz was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle, Coleman said.

Eubanks was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center for observation and suffered injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

The right-hand lane of Sardis Road before Chestatee Road was blocked off by ambulances, squad cars and congested traffic. Tires were detached from vehicles with debris scattered across the roadway.

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