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Wreck: Minor injuries, major controversy

A three-vehicle crash on Highway 18 West just east of the Potato Creek bridge resulted in minor injuries but a major controversy about classes from Gordon State College and an Atlanta private school venturing into the creek to do sampling. UPDATE: Gordon State College has issued a statement contending its students have permission to access a sampling station on Potato Creek and disputing that its students party at the site. The crash occurred when a Gordon student in the class pulled out from a construction parking area on the south side of the road that was built during bridge reconstruction work. Her compact car was struck by a pickup truck. A third vehicle swerved to miss the accident, clipped a sign post and careened down into the gas line right-of-way on the north side of the highway. Derrill Browning who lives near the scene said neither school has permission to use the creek and students trespass on his property at all hours. He also alleged students aware of the area under the bridge due to the class return there to party. He also alleged stolen items were found under the bridge earlier this week. “It’s a party and a parking place now,” Browning alleged. A man who apparently teaches the class said he did have permission to enter the creek. The wreck remains under investigation but there were no serious injuries to any of the three drivers. UPDATE: GORDON STATEMENT A group of Gordon State College students were involved in a minor traffic accident Thursday afternoon on Ga. Highway 18 while attempting to access a sampling area on Potato Creek. The students, who were in a biology class taught by Dr. Michael Bender who was already at the creek site, were not seriously injured in the accident. Permission to access the site, which is owned by Honeywood Farms, had been obtained by Dr. Bender. ’We are so glad that the no one was seriously injured,’ Bender said. ’Our students often do research off campus and are always urged to be respectful of the areas they visit,’ said Tamara Boatwright, Gordon State College public information specialist. ‘We dispute reports that Gordon State College students have been involved in any other activity in the area.’

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