Georgia police said that "at least 3 of the deceased were students at Lakeside High School in Dekalb County"
Five teenagers are dead following a Labor Day crash on Interstate 85 near Atlanta.
Gwinnett County police said in a release that they were made aware of a three-vehicle collision around 23 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta shortly before 4 a.m. Monday, when they received reports of "a vehicle going over the wall of the raised ramp, falling onto the Interstate 85 southbound."
Officers then "identified 5 persons deceased at the scene," the release stated. Three other people were transported to local hospitals, per the authorities.
Interstate Collision Leaves 5 Dead and 3 Injured
Shortly before 4 a.m. 911 calls were received about a vehicle going over the wall of the raised ramp, falling onto the Interstate 85 southbound Collector-Distributor to Pleasant Hill Rd. pic.twitter.com/OAq2zOWXQV
— Gwinnett County Police (@GwinnettPd) September 4, 2023
Gwinnett County police have identified the victims as Katy Gaitan, 17, Ashley Gaitan, 16, Coral Lorenzo, 17, Hung Nguyen, 18, and Abner Santana, 19.
"All the decedents were occupants of the same vehicle, which had gone over the wall of the raised ramp," police said. "Next-of-Kin for each of the decedents have been notified. The Gwinnett County Police Department has learned at least 3 of the deceased were students at Lakeside High School in Dekalb County."
The crash took place when two vehicles crashed on the flyover and one was sent over the wall and onto the road below, hitting another car, reported Fox5 Atlanta.
“I’d say it was about a 50-foot drop,” Cpl. Christian D’Allaird of the Gwinnett County Police Department told WSBTV.
“As to what factors went into why the vehicle went over the wall, we don’t know that yet,” added D’Allaird.
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While the cause of the incident is currently unclear, it resulted in an extended shutdown of the roads in the surrounding area.
Interstate 85 is also a major thoroughfare between Atlanta with Charlotte, North Carolina.
"The roadways have since re-opened, and the Accident Investigation Unit is continuing the investigation," police wrote in their initial news release.
"It has not yet been determined what factors led to the collision, or the seriousness of the injuries to the surviving parties," police added.
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