Two vehicles collided head-on in Forsyth County Tuesday morning, killing one driver and injuring another.
The wreck, which occurred at around 7:15 a.m. according to WDUN, happened at a bend along Atlanta Highway near Anthem Parkway, southwest of Cumming. A black Honda Accord and a red Ford F-150 pickup truck were involved.
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WDUN reports that the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that the driver of the Honda, 59-year-old Marianella Sanchez of Cumming, was killed in the accident. The driver of the truck, who has not been named, was taken from the scene to a nearby hospital. The driver’s injuries are said to not be life threatening.
No other vehicles or individuals were involved in the accident.
The sheriff’s office closed the section of Atlanta Highway while it worked the scene. The road was reopened around 9:20 a.m., according to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.
The cause of the crash is unknown at this time, but Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Deputy Epifanio Rodriguez says that drugs and alcohol are not suspected to be involved.
Research by the Auto Insurance Center shows that the most common cause of fatal car accidents in Georgia is when a driver fails to maintain his or her lane. There is no indication from authorities as to whether or not this was the cause of Tuesday’s accident.
Authorities have not yet filed any charges in relation to the accident.
Forsyth County has seen 1,425 auto accidents in 2016, according to the state accident tracker GEARS. Tuesday’s accident was the first one recorded in the month of May. It is also the first fatal car accident of 2016 in Forsyth County.