A 15-year-old boy was airlifted to the hospital after a multi-car crash in Cherokee County.

Cherokee wreck sends three to hospitals

Three people were taken to area hospitals Wednesday after a multi-vehicle accident shut down Ga. 20 in Cherokee County for nearly four hours.

The accident, which involved a tractor-trailer, two pickup trucks and a passenger car, happened about 3:15 p.m. near Beavers Road, according to a news release from Cherokee Fire and Emergency Services.

A Ford Super Duty pickup truck driven by a 15-year-old boy was traveling eastbound on Cumming Highway, also known as Ga. 20, when the driver clipped the back of a Toyota Avalon that slowed in an attempt to avoid a collision, the Georgia State Patrol said in an emailed statement.

After clipping the Toyota, the Ford pickup truck crossed into the westbound lanes and hit a tractor-trailer head on, the State Patrol said. The tractor-trailer struck a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck.

The teen driver of the pickup had to be extracted from the Ford. He was flown to Atlanta’s Grady Memorial Hospital by a medical helicopter. His 77-year-old grandfather, a passenger in the truck, was transported to WellStar Kennestone Hospital for treatment, authorities said.

Wilbert D. Bernard of College Park, the 43-year-old driver of the tractor-trailer, was taken to Northside Hospital-Cherokee, the State Patrol said. Jimmy West of Canton, the 81-year-old driver of the Chevrolet pickup truck, was taken to North Fulton Hospital, according to the release.

The 15-year-old boy, whose name was not released, was charged with following too closely, the State Patrol said.

The wreck remains under investigation.

Support real journalism. Support local journalism. Subscribe to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution today. See offers.

Your subscription to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution funds in-depth reporting and investigations that keep you informed. Thank you for supporting real journalism.