3-year-old among 7 dead in wrong-way interstate crash in Georgia

State patrol says SUV crossed median of I-85 into oncoming traffic

Franklin County Sheriff's Office photo

ATLANTA - A 3-year-old child was among the seven people killed Saturday in a chain-reaction crash on Interstate 85 in northern Georgia.

The wreck occurred about 80 miles northeast of Atlanta on Interstate 85, not far from its approach to the Georgia state line with South Carolina. Authorities said an SUV crossed over the median and headed into oncoming traffic.

The Franklin County Coroner’s Office told news outlets Sunday that three people were killed in one vehicle. They were 33-year-old Chris Years, 34-year-old Ashley Years and 3-year-old Luna Years. They lived in Paulding County.

Four people were killed in another vehicle. They were 53-year-old Alejandro Agis Perez, 39-year-old Noe Gutierrez Cerna, 25-year-old Oswaldo F. Hi Navarrete and 36-year-old Eugenio Santoyo Serna. They were from Hall County.

Three other people were injured in the multi-vehicle accident.

The Georgia State Patrol said the crash occurred about 1:45 p.m. Saturday and directly involved three vehicles.

The police statement said a northbound Ford Excursion crossed the median for unknown reasons and entered the southbound lanes of the normally bustling interstate. There, police said, that SUV struck a Chevrolet van that was headed south, causing a chain-reaction crash in the southbound lanes that also involved a Ford van in a nearby lane. The impact of the collisions sent debris flying that also caused minor damage to two additional vehicles, according to the statement.

Authorities say three people were killed and three injured in the Excursion. The injured were taken for medical treatment and media outlets reported one of the injured was in critical condition.

All four occupants of the Chevrolet were pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said. No one in the Ford van was reported hurt.

Georgia State Police didn’t immediately release the ages or identities of those involved and said a collision reconstruction team was investigating the crash.

The crash occurred about 80 miles northeast of Atlanta on the interstate not far from its approach to the Georgia state line with South Carolina.

Cellphone images obtained by news outlets showed mangled vehicles on the roadway after the crash.

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