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2 dead, 1 critical after truck crash



FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Two family members died and a third man is in critical condition after a garbage truck and dump truck collided about 2 p.m. Sept. 18.

Rodrick Thompson, 38, of Cumming, and his nephew Ta’saun, 21, were pronounced dead at the scene. Thomas Wirkner, 59, of Marietta, was flown to a nearby hospital.

Rodrick was driving a 1999 Mack sanitation truck along Castleberry Road approaching Atlanta Highway when he attempted to turn right onto southbound Atlanta Highway.

He was unable to negotiate the turn and the sanitation truck tipped over onto its left side and slid into the northbound roadway.

Wirkner was driving a 2005 Mack dump truck and was heading north on Atlanta Highway at the time. He attempted to veer to the right, but was unable to avoid colliding with the truck.

The collision remains under investigation by the Forsyth County Sherriff’s Office Traffic Specialist Unit.

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