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Child Among Injured After Deadly Vehicle Crash in Canton, GA

December 30, 2018

CANTON, GA. – A 5-year-old child was among the injured after a deadly vehicle crash in Canton, Georgia, according to an online news report from The two-vehicle crash left one person dead and four people injured.*

A pickup truck traveling southbound on Ga. 20/Cumming Highway in Canton stopped to make a left turn into a private drive near Shady Lane. As the truck was stopped, a southbound van struck it from behind. The driver of the van, 60-year-old Robert Norton, of Ball Ground, Georgia, was transported to Northside Hospital Cherokee, where he tragically died of his injuries. Norton was the only occupant of the van. 

The driver of the pickup truck, 26-year-old Jonathan Franklin, of Canton, and three passengers in the pickup — 26-year-old Brittany Franklin, of Canton, 30-year-old Jacob Franklin, of Canton, and an unnamed 5-year-old boy — were also transported to Northside Cherokee with injuries. Their injuries are all reportedly non-life threatening. 

The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the crash. Preliminary investigation has revealed that speed and weather conditions might have been factors in the collision. The investigation is ongoing, and deputies have not reported additional information at this time. 

Canton is located in Cherokee County, Georgia. According to data from the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, traffic accidents in Cherokee County are on the rise. In 2012, 3,067 vehicle accidents occurred in the county, leading to 785 injuries and 18 deaths. By 2016, the total number of accidents more than doubled, growing to 6,646. These accidents led to 1,427 injuries and seven deaths. 

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