A serious accident in Hall county shut down State Route 60 for much of the afternoon and into the evening. Five vehicles were involved in the crash that sent four individuals to the hospital. The accident occurred at 1:56 p.m. this afternoon when a tractor trailer hauling large construction beams hit several of those vehicles.
According to the Georgia State Patrol, the tractor trailer was traveling northbound on State Route 60 just north of Construction Drive when several cars, also traveling northbound, were stopped. The tractor trailer was following too closely to the vehicle ahead of it and did not stop in time to avoid an accident. It first hit the van in front of it, pushing it off the roadway, hit a second truck, forcing that truck to cross the center line, and finally crashed into a third vehicle. That vehicle, a van, spun around and came to a stop, pinned between the tractor trailer and another truck. The beams the tractor trailer was carrying were unsecured and they went through the cab of the tractor trailer and into the van where the driver was trapped. The driver, Colo Edin from Chicago, IL, was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center for serious injuries.
The driver of the tractor trailer, 66-year-old Lloyd Mitchell Crane of Murrayville, also had serious, but non-life-threatening injuries, and was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center.
Two other individuals, a driver and a passenger from one of the other vehicles that was hit, were also taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
The Georgia State Patrol says it does not appear drugs or alcohol were involved, but the driver of the tractor trailer is facing charges.