Third rollover vehicle accident occurs in a week

Hiawassee accident

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – The third Towns County rollover vehicle accident in a week occurred on Thursday. March 5, on State Route 76 near Swallow’s Creek Road, east of Hiawassee. A male driver suffered non-life threatening injuries when the vehicle that he was driving exited the highway and striking a tree prior to the rollover. Towns County first responders were dispatched to the scene at 5:13 p.m. The patient was transported by ambulance to Chatuge Regional Hospital in Hiawassee for medical treatment. Responders on the scene of the crash reported wet roadway conditions.

The initial accident occurred Feb. 28 when a 20-year-old male driver was ejected from the vehicle that he was driving following a rollover crash, ending alongside the State Route 76’s eastbound shoulder in Young Harris. The Hiawassee resident miraculously sustained only minor injuries, refusing ambulance transport for further medical evaluation. An accident on March 3 involved a rollover accident on State Route 75 North in Hiawassee. The driver was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville by Towns County EMS with non-life threatening injuries.

NHTSA data shows that 95% of single-vehicle rollovers are considered tripped. This happens when a vehicle leaves the roadway and slides sideways, digging its tires into soft soil or striking an object such as a curb or guardrail. The high tripping force applied to the tires in these situations can cause the vehicle to roll over.

Traffic delayed following Hiawassee accident

Hiawassee accident

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Towns County first responders were dispatched Tuesday, March 3, to a motor vehicle accident in the vicinity of Upper Bell Creek and Bell Creek Road in Hiawassee at 7:43 a.m.

A middle-aged male sustained non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, GA by ambulance after the SUV that he was driving rolled off an embankment, bordering Lake Chatuge.

Motorists traveling on State Route 75 North experienced a traffic delay as crews worked to retrieve the vehicle. FYN issued a travel advisory via social media shortly after the incident occurred.

It is uncertain if weather conditions were a factor, as heavy rain was falling in Hiawassee at the time of the accident.

Georgia State Patrol is investigating the incident.

Tuesday’s accident was the second rollover crash in Towns County in less than a week, with a Friday incident reported on State Route 76 in Young Harris.

Click to read: Weather, speed may have contributed to Young Harris accident


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