Five vehicles and nine people were involved in a multi-car accident in Cumming that sent one person to the hospital and slowed traffic on one of Georgia’s busiest roadways.
The crash occurred at approximately 8:25 Friday morning when a Dodge Charger rear ended the Nissan Pathfinder it was following in the southbound lane of Ga. 400, north of Exit 14, Forsyth County News reports.
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The impact of the collision pushed the Pathfinder into the east shoulder, where it struck a Chevy Trailblazer. The Trailblazer in turn rear ended an Acura LT.
The Acura then slammed into the tailgate of a Ford F-150 pickup truck.
During the accident, the Dodge Charger also collided with a guard rail. Georgia State Patrol Trooper A. DeGourville said that the driver of the Charger, a 21-year-old woman from Alpharetta, was taken to Northside Hospital-Forsyth to be treated for minor chest and head injuries caused by her seat belt.
The Pathfinder contained four children, ages 1, 7, 9, and 12. None of them were injured, but their mother, a 37-year-old Cumming resident, complained of chest injuries caused by her seat belt. She elected not to go to the hospital.
Likewise, the 41-year-old Dawsonville man who drove the Trailblazer mentioned chest and rib injuries but did not go to the hospital.
The drivers of the Acura and Ford did not report any injuries.
The driver of the Charger was ultimately charged with following too closely.
Also, the driver of the Trailblazer was cited for driving without a license.
DeGourville told Forsyth County News that drugs and alcohol are suspected as factors in the accident.
One lane of Ga. 400 was momentarily closed Friday morning as emergency personnel worked the scene, and the Charger, Acura, and Trailblazer were towed.
The Washington Post reports that over 1.7 million rear end collisions occur every year in the U.S., killing over 1,700 people and injuring another 500,000. It also reports that over 80 percent of such accidents are caused by distracted driving.