A young woman was seriously injured as a result of a fiery two vehicle collision in Dawson County Tuesday afternoon.
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WDUN reports that the crash occurred after 4 p.m. at the intersection of Dawson Forest Road and Highway 53 in the southeastern part of the county. A 21-year-old woman from Dawsonville attempted to turn left from Dawson Forest Road onto the highway when she was struck by a Jeep Wrangler traveling on Highway 53.
The woman’s Ford Explorer overturned, Georgia State Patrol Sergeant Curtis Bradshaw said. The vehicle landed on its passenger side and soon caught fire.
The female driver reportedly suffered serious injuries that are not thought to be life-threatening. She was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville.
The driver of the Jeep, a 44-year-old male from Gainesville, told responders that he had minor injuries from his vehicle’s air bag but declined to be taken to the hospital.
The driver of the Ford Explorer was cited by law enforcement for failure to yield.
According to Sgt. Bradshaw, the highway was blocked while cleanup and investigations took place. He reports that traffic was successfully rerouted during that time.
A vehicle fire can add an additional element of danger to any wreck. The National Fire Protection Association reports that over 164,000 vehicle fires occurred on American highways in 2013.
Those fires caused 300 deaths and more than $1 billion in damage.
According to GEARS accident tracker, this is the first accident Dawson County law enforcement have responded to in the month of August. The Dawson County Sheriff’s Office saw over 40 collisions in July and have responded to more than 200 thus far in 2016.