Driver Airlifted from I-575

I-575 was shut down both ways for 30 minutes because of an accident this morning.

Updated 1:35 p.m.

Tim Cavender, spokesman for the , released the following statement regarding the accident on I-575 this morning:

Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services and Woodstock Fire and Rescue responded to a two-vehicle accident this morning at approximately 9 a.m. on I-575 just before the Towne Lake exit.

Early reports indicated that a white Ford Excursion, traveling southbound, left the highway, flipped over multiple times and landed on top of a guardrail facing north on the northbound side of traffic. The female driver of the Excursion had severe head trauma and a possible dislocated elbow and was life-flighted by helicopter to Grady Hospital in Atlanta. The last report we received indicated that she was in serious, but stable condition. The only other vehicle involved in the accident was a black Ford Focus driven by a 63-year-old man. He was not seriously injured.

Both the north and southbound lanes of I-575 were blocked until the clean-up operation was complete. No other injuries were reported, and the cause of the accident is under investigation.

Updated 12:20 p.m.

Tim Cavender, spokesman for the , said there was one injury with head trauma that was life flighted to Grady Hospital.

Check back with Woodstock-Towne Lake Patch as more details come in.

Original Report 10:20 a.m.

An accident on I-575 shut down both lanes and brought the Life Flight helicopter this morning.

At 9:16 a.m., the City of Woodstock sent an alert warning I-575 NB and SB were closed at Towne Lake Parkway and the helicopter was en route.

The southbound reopened at 9:46 a.m. and the northbound at 9:54 a.m.

Nikki Wootton Lear said her husband saw the whole thing. "I was told she flipped at least 10 times. Lord, please be with that individual and their family," she said on Facebook.

Adam E. contributed the attached photo via Twitter. He said a female driver was airlifted to the hospital.

We are still awaiting details as the is still working the scene. Check back with Woodstock-Towne Lake Patch for more details as they come in.

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