1 dead after car fire, wreck
by Michelle Babcock
July 24, 2014 02:15 PM | 5273 views | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Cherokee County Fire investigator scans the scene where a 1998 Honda Accord appeared to have left Ball Ground Highway in flames, before crashing in a ditch Wednesday night, officials said. Authorities pulled a body from the charred car, and the Georgia State Patrol said Thursday the body had not yet been identified. <br> Special to the Tribune
A Cherokee County Fire investigator scans the scene where a 1998 Honda Accord appeared to have left Ball Ground Highway in flames, before crashing in a ditch Wednesday night, officials said. Authorities pulled a body from the charred car, and the Georgia State Patrol said Thursday the body had not yet been identified.
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Authorities are working to identify a body pulled from a badly burned car Wednesday night, after the car appears to have left Ball Ground Highway near the Dodd Lane intersection in flames, before crashing into a ditch.

The body was sent to the Georgia Crime Lab on Thursday morning, and had not been identified by Thursday afternoon, said Tim Cavender, Cherokee Fire and Emergency Services spokesman.

Witnesses reported the 1998 Honda Accord driving down Ball Ground Highway about 11 p.m. Wednesday was already on fire, Cavender said.

“A couple was traveling west bound on the highway when they noticed a vehicle coming in the opposite direction that was on fire,” Cavender said. “The couple turned their car around to go back and check on the vehicle and later noticed that the car had left the highway.”

Witnesses told authorities the car left the road, went through a pasture fence and traveled about 240 feet before landing in a ditch, Cavender said.

When a Cherokee County Sheriff’s deputy arrived, the car was engulfed in flames, Cavender said.

“Once the fire was extinguished, authorities found the body of the driver,” Cavender said, adding the vehicle “was burned extensively.”

Cavender said a local wrecker service used a Bobcat to remove the car from the ditch.

Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services is continuing with its investigation into the cause of the fire and wreck, Cavender said,

A spokesperson for the Georgia State Patrol confirmed late Thursday afternoon the body had not yet been identified, and said the investigation is ongoing.
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