BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – A multi-vehicle accident on state Route 5 near the intersection of Stone Lane slowed traffic in both directions Thursday evening, Jan. 11, as emergency personnel and law enforcement worked to clear the accident and provide emergency medical assistance.
The accident involving a sedan and an sport utility vehicle occurred shortly after 4 p.m. Thursday. As of 4:20 p.m., crews continued to clear the roadway and remove the SUV from a roadside ditch.
Currently, no information is known as to the extent of any injuries sustained by the drivers of the vehicles involved or the cause of the accident. Continue to follow FetchYourNews for more information and details concerning this accident.
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The small post office located on Morganton Hwy sustained damage when a car struct the facility. The crash left a hallway obstructed and blocks the ability for people to access their PO Box. However at this time staff are reporting to work and are able to give customers their mail until the repairs have been completed.
The accident happened around noon while staff were gone to lunch and discovered the accident upon their return. Luckily no injuries were reported. FetchYourNews.com has inquired with the communications director for the Post Office and will update when more information is available.
Shortly after the incident involving a wreck of a Tour Bus and a Semi-Truck on Highway 515 in Gilmer County, Tony Pritchett, Director of Public Safety for Gilmer County, held a conference to answer questions.
Director Pritchett stated a call came in to Gilmer County 911 at 11:02 for response to the accident.
When FYN arrived on the scene, several helicopters were still circling the area including both news choppers and Life-Flight services. The accident is suspected at this time by authorities to have occurred while a tour bus was traveling north on Highway 515 collided with a Semi-Truck who was crossing into or across the highway from Whitestone Road.
Minutes after the call came in, emergency response was on the scene to provide care and Gilmer County also responded with its Mass Casualties Trailer to aid in on-scene triage. Pritchett confirmed one fatality in the wreck belonging to the driver of the Tour bus. While four people remained uninjured, another 43 have sustained injuries requiring one to be Life-Flighted and others transported via ambulance to local hospitals including Fannin Regional Hospital, Northside Cherokee Hospital, and Piedmont Mountainside Hospital according to Pritchett.
FYN has been informed that the tour bus was carrying a majority of elderly passengers and had sustained extensive damage collapsing the front end. However, the quick response units were able to arrive and get on the bus quickly to begin caring for those on board.
More aid was quickly brought to the scene as well due to several mutual aid agreements in place with surrounding areas. In fact, authorities from Gilmer Fire and Rescue and EMS as well as Gilmer County Sheriff’s Department, Georgia State Patrol, Fannin County EMS Resources, Pickens County EMS Resources, Dawson County EMS Resources, and Murray County EMS Resources were all confirmed to be on-scene aiding with the incident. Pritchett went on to say he was “very thankful for the response of those surrounding jurisdictions, they were very helpful.”
While the limited sight distance at the location was referenced as a possible factor with the incident, no official statement was given with regards to cause or circumstance involved in the incident as the investigation is ongoing. Director Pritchett did confirm with FYN that he could recall at least one other incident involving a fatality occurring at the same location earlier this year. Witnesses have also been confirmed on scene and are speaking with officials at this time.
Currently, 515 will remain shutdown as a continuing investigation will be undertaken by the Georgia State Patrol and authorities are redirecting traffic around the accident. One traffic officer FYN talked with suggested those heading North on 515 to detour down Highway 136 to Old 5 to bypass it.
For more information on the accident and the Press Conference watch the video below and stay connected with Fetch Your News as more information becomes available.
Police are investigating a hit and run which occurred Friday night, August 12th at approximately 10:40 pm. FYN spoke with the sister of the 18 year old man who was struck while searching for his phone on the service road which runs by the Walmart in Gilmer County. The hit and run left the young man with a fractured skull and eye socket. Authorities were called and the victim was transported to Kennestone Hospital where he was treated and kept overnight.
Witnesses describe the car involved in the hit and run as a dark colored, newer model Chevrolet Camaro possibly dark blue or black. Police and family members are asking for the public’s help in locating the vehicle. The victim’s sister has this plea for the public,
Please let us know if you have any information about this person, he(she) needs to be held responsible for what he did to my brother.
Be on the lookout for a dark colored car which likely has damage to the hood. Anyone with any information should contact local authorities. FetchYourNews.com will update as additional information becomes available.
A fatal crash occurred last night, July 30th, at approximately 9:30pm. The Fannin County Fire Department and First Responders received a call at 9:26pm and had rescue workers on the scene in 4 minutes, with a total of 16 coming to the scene of the accident.
The accident involved two vehicles, a white Ford pickup and a green Ford Ranger. The wreck happened in the area of Ballewtown Road and Glen Hope Church Road in Fannin County. FYN spoke with Fannin County Fire Chief Larry Thomas who told us one truck was overturned in a ditch and the other appeared to sustain read end damage. Thomas told us the Fannin Fire Department cleared the scene at 11:36pm. A SCRT team came on the scene and the accident is being investigated by the Georgia State Patrol. FetchYourNews has not received an official report at this time.
There is one fatality reported at this time, a local teenager, 17 year old Ben McClure, did not survive the wreck, his brother, 18 year old Mason McClure was transported to Erlanger and sources tell us he has had surgery on his arm and is in serious condition. The local teens are the sons of Jason McClure. Our thoughts and prayers are with this family at this time. Names of other passengers have not been released. FYN will have more information as it becomes available.
Earlier today, July 3rd, Fannin Emergency Personnel responded to a 2 vehicle accident. (more…)