The Georgia State Patrol is blaming one driver’s cell phone use as the cause in a four vehicle accident on I-985 in southern Hall County that sent an individual to the hospital on Wednesday morning.
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The Gainesville Times reports that the pileup occurred before 7:50 a.m. when a Ford Escape hit a Honda Civic in front of it in a northbound lane of I-985 near the Flowery Branch exit.
The Civic was then propelled forward into the back of a Honda Odyssey minivan. A Kia Soul in the emergency lane was also struck by the Ford Escape.
The driver of the Honda had to be extracted from the vehicle and was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville to be treated for minor injuries.
The Georgia State Patrol reports the driver of the Escape was using his cellphone to play music when he rear-ended the Civic, starting the four vehicle chain reaction.
The dangers of head injury will continue to rise as more and more people ignore the dangers of using their portable devices while driving or walking said Steven Leibel, brain injury attorney, and Georgia Superlawyer. He added, this addictive technology has become a major cause of the continuing rise in severe trauma and head injuries.
That driver was cited by law enforcement for following too closely and not exercising due care.
All northbound lanes of I-985 in the area were blocked until 9 a.m., when the leftmost lane reopened. The remaining lanes were opened by the Hall County Fire Department at around 10 a.m.
Nearly 550 motor vehicle accidents have occurred in Hall County this year, according to GEARS accident tracker. 47 of those wrecks happened in the month of August.