At least six people died in a highway crash involving a passenger van in Georgia on Sunday. According to police, the crash was reported at about 7 p.m. on Saturday in the northbound lanes of I-85 at the split to I-985 in Georgia’s Gwinett County, about 35 miles north of Atlanta.
Police Sgt. Michele Pihera said callers initially reported a vehicle on it side engulfed in flames as passersby attempted to pull victims to safety. Pihera said six people died at the scene and several others were transported to local hospitals. A bystander sustained a minor injury and denied hospital transport. There were 16 people in the van at the time of the crash and they were from a sober living group.
Those at the scene did not provide additional information on how the crash occurred but said another vehicle may have been involved. The crash caused I-985 to be shut down for several hours on Saturday evening before reopening at 11 p.m.