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Posted: Tuesday, June 26th 2012 at 10:38pm

Fatality victims identified in Habersham wreck

By Rob Moore
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Emergency personnel confer at the scene of a double-fatality wreck on Georgia Highway 17 Alternate (Talmadge Drive) at Antioch Church Road Tuesday afternoon. (Photo/Rob Moore)
MT. AIRY – Two North Carolina residents died and a Georgia man was seriously injured in a head-on wreck in Habersham County Tuesday afternoon.

Habersham County Sheriff Joey Terrell said the wreck happened at 4:34 p.m. on Georgia Highway 17 Alternate (Talmadge Drive) at the intersection of Antioch Church Road and Chopped Oak Church Road.

“It ended up being a double fatality – two people in one car,” Terrell said.

Habersham County Coroner Kasey McEntire identified those who died as 83-year-old Walter Penland and 62-year-old Barbara C. Penland, both of Horseshoe, N.C.

While both the Penlands’ Ford Crown Victoria and the injured man’s Chevrolet pickup truck caught fire, McEntire said the Penlands died of blunt force trauma suffered as a result of the impact.

The name of the injured man, who was airlifted from the scene to Greenville Memorial Hospital, had not been released Tuesday night.

Trooper 1st Class Jesse Lewis said at the scene that at the time of the collision the Chevrolet truck was traveling north on Georgia Highway 17 Alternate (Talmadge Drive) and attempted to turn left onto Antioch Church Road. The truck turned into the path of the Ford car, which was headed south toward Toccoa.

The wreck remains under investigation by the Georgia State Patrol. GSP’s Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team also is conducting an independent investigation.

A section of Antioch Church Road between Rock Road and Talmadge Drive was shut down for more than four and one-half hours, as was a portion of Talmadge Drive. The roads reopened at 9:10 p.m.

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