Paulding County toddler Luna Years, 3, was traveling south on the Interstate 85 with her parents Ashley, 34, and Chris, 33, at about about 1:45 p.m. local time when a Ford Excursion sports utility vehicle (SUV) coming from the north-bound lane crossed the median strip and crashed into oncoming traffic.
The young family did not survive the crash and other vehicles were involved in the life threatening chain-reaction crash near the South Carolina state line in Franklin County about 80 miles northeast of Atlanta, according to the Associated Press.
Georgia State Patrol confirmed that three people in the SUV died and a further three injured were transported to a nearby hospital emergency room for treatment, according to a statement obtained by AP.
Georgia State Police confirmed with AP that a collision reconstruction team has been investigating the scene of the crash.
Local media reports said that one of the surviving SUV occupants was in a critical condition. News outlets published cellphone images of the wreck, showing mangled vehicles strewn over the roadway.
There were a further four people pronounced dead at the scene in a Chevrolet van. The Franklin County Coroner’s Office confirmed with AP that the victims were Hall County residents Alejandro Agis Perez, 53, Noe Gutierrez Cerna, 39, Eugenio Santoyo Serna, 36, and Oswaldo F. Hi Navarrete, 25.
The crash also involved a Ford van in a nearby lane. No one in the van was reported to be injured.
The wreck sent debris flying into the path of an additional two vehicles causing minor damage, according to authorities.