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Car crushed by tree, driver trapped inside

Car crushed by tree, driver trapped inside

DULUTH, Ga. -- A tree fell on a moving car and pinned the driver inside in Gwinnett County Friday morning.

The tree came down at around 10:30 a.m. while 50-year-old Amit Arora of Johns Creek was driving down Abbotts Bridge Road in Duluth.

"This is a driver who is driving into town, unsuspecting. This large tree comes down," said Capt. Tommy Rutledge, spokesman for the Gwinnett Co. Fire Department. "It's one of those freak situations that happens.

Pinned inside the vehicle, investigators say the driver was still able to reach his cell phone and call 911. When rescuers arrived, the toppled tree was also entangled in power lines. It took them more than an hour to pull the driver out of the crushed vehicle.

I-20 construction resumes this weekend

I-20 construction resumes this weekend

(WXIA) -- The three Interstate 20 construction projects that have plagued drivers for several weekends will continue.

As long as the weather cooperates, crews will work on the following stretches of I-20 this weekend:

Atlanta
Three eastbound lanes will be closed between Windsor Street and Boulevard from 8 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday, and from 8 p.m. Saturday to 6 am. Sunday.

Douglas County
Two lanes in both directions will be closed between Bill Arp and Liberty roads from 7 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday.

Newton County
Two eastbound left lanes will be closed between Almon and Alcovy roads from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has smaller projects scheduled in Cobb County:

I-285
Two northbound lanes will be intermittently closed at South Cobb Drive for overhead sign work; two lanes will always remain open.

Gwinnett teen advances to semifinals of national spelling bee

Gwinnett teen advances to semifinals of national spelling bee

ATLANTA -- Georgia's top speller was eliminated from the national spelling bee Thursday, during the semi-final round. He spelled both words in the round correctly, gelid and vaporetto, but didn't score high enough on the test to advance to the finals.

Enterorrhagia, e-n-t-e-r-r-h-a-g-i-a -- was the winning word that sent 14-year-old Sumedh Garimella of Tucker to the national bee.

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Memorial Day traffic to be busiest since recession

Memorial Day traffic to be busiest since recession

(WXIA) -- Travel experts predict a new post-recession high for Memorial Day Weekend.

Mark Jenkins, spokesman for the AAA pointed to the long winter as one reason: "A long and unusually harsh winter game many Americans the travel bug." He says the rising temperatures and an improving economy mean a projected 36.1 million Americans will travel more than 50 miles Memorial Day Weekend.

The Memorial Day travel period is measured from Thursday, May 22 to Monday, May 26th. More than 8 in 10 will drive to their destinations. But the biggest increases came in other modes. Cruise, trains, and buses will see an increase of 6.5%.

Even though the numbers are up, more than half of people in the Southeast (57%) haven't made plans yet. "Hotel and car rental reservations are filling up fast for Memorial Day," AAA spokesman Jessica Brady said. She said making plans now will ensure you find a good price.

Atlanta-area unemployment rate drops to 6.5 percent

Atlanta-area unemployment rate drops to 6.5 percent

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment date declined again.

April's rate was 6.5 percent, down from 6.8 percent in March and 7.7 percent in April 2013.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said local employers created 18,000 new jobs last month. Over the past five years, metro Atlanta has gained an average of 13,000 jobs from March to April.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest unemployment rate, at 4.9 percent, in April 2014. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 8.8 percent.

Gwinnett County's unemployment rate was 5.8 percent last month.

'Don't go east, don't go west': Weekend construction alert

'Don't go east, don't go west': Weekend construction alert

(WXIA) -- "Avoid I-20 if you can." That warning, from Georgia Department of Transportation district construction engineer Shun Pringle, applies to Atlanta-area drivers this weekend.

Several road projects and lane closures will be in place along the east-west highway.

"We don't like to close lanes, but the work has to get done, and we have to take advantage of the good-weather weekends," Pringle said in a release.

Scheduled I-20 projects include:

* Two left eastbound lanes will be closed between Highway 138 (Rockdale) and Alcovy Road (Newton) from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for resurfacing.

* Two right westbound lanes will be closed between Bill Arp and Liberty roads (Douglas) from 8 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Monday for resurfacing.

* Two right eastbound lanes will be closed between Liberty and Bill Arp roads (Douglas) from 7 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for resurfacing.

Dasan Machineries bringing 150 jobs to Duluth


DULUTH, Ga. -- A Korea-based manufacturer will move to Gwinnett County over the next three years, bringing 150 jobs and $30 million to the area.

Gov. Nathan Deal announced Thursday that Dasan Machineries will open its first U.S. headquarters in Duluth. It will use the site to produce steel parts for the automotive and defense industries.

"We were drawn to Gwinnett County and the state of Georgia because of the pro-business environment, skilled workforce and existing infrastructure that is available in the region," Dasan USA President Jin Noh said in a release. "We were further excited to learn that Duluth is the center of Georgia's Korean-American community. As a family-owned business, we place a high value on being locally involved and hope to positively contribute to the area's growth and success for years to come."