Three-vehicle collision closes Hwy. 53 for two hours in northern Forsyth County

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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — At about 9 a.m. today, a three-vehicle collision on Hwy. 53 at the Hall County line shut traffic down for nearly two hours.

A 2007 Cutaway heavy duty work van, owned by Clipper Petroleum, was traveling westbound on Hwy. 53.

The vehicle came upon a large amount of mud that had been spilled on the roadway.

The van began to slow down to avoid the mud.

When the van began to slow down, it was rear-ended by a FedEx truck. According to Deputy Sheriff John Crane, the FedEx truck slid into the back of the work van, pushing both vehicles into the mud.

The FedEx truck then slid into the eastbound lane of Hwy. 53, striking a 1998 Honda Accord traveling eastbound.

Carlos McDonald, 58, of Danielsville, Ga. was the driver of the FedEx truck.

He had minor injuries, but was not transported to the hospital.

The van was being driven by Bobby Simonds, 69, of Toccoa, Ga. He was transported to Northside Hospital Forsyth where he was treated and released.

The driver of the Honda Accord, Kenneth Hetzel, 48, of Marietta, Ga. was also transported to Northside Hospital Forsyth and was being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The roadway was closed from around 9 a.m. to about 11:08 a.m.

Traffic was rerouted on the Forsyth County side of the bridge beginning at the intersection of Hwy. 306 and Hwy. 53.

The Department of Transportation was contacted and was able to locate a dump truck that had spilled the mud.

It left a trail of mud down Hwy. 53 until it arrived in Dawson County and turned off of Hwy. 53.

No charges have been filed and the collision remains under investigation.