Posted: Tuesday, August 7th 2012 at 11:17am
Names, details released in wreck that resulted in two men being airlifted
By Rob Moore Editor
The exhaust system from a car that overturned numerous times on Highway 17 about eight miles from Clarkesville early Sunday remains on the shoulder of the road. (Photo/Rob Moore)
CLARKESVILLE – The Georgia State Patrol has released the names of the two men who were taken by helicopter for medical attention following a wreck at 1:31 a.m. Sunday on Highway 17 near Apache Way, between Clarkesville and Helen.
The Georgia State Patrol reported that a 2007 Nissan Maxima driven by Drew Thomas Buttram, 26, of Clarkesville was traveling south on Georgia Highway 17 negotiating a curve at the time of the wreck. The car traveled onto the right shoulder of the road, then crossed both lanes of the highway.
The car then traveled onto the left shoulder of the road, striking a mailbox and a signpost, GSP reports show. The car then continued to travel south, becoming airborne and striking a tree. After the vehicle struck another tree, it overturned several times before coming to rest on its top facing east.
Buttram, who was trapped in the wreckage and had to be freed by firefighters, was airlifted to Gwinnett Medical Center.
Nathaniel David Mather, 28, of Clarkesville, a passenger in the vehicle who was thrown from the vehicle, was airlifted to Atlanta Medical Center.
Habersham County Fire Department Lt. Matt Ruark said two helicopters from AirLife Georgia were utilized to transport the victims.
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