Six dead after van crash at I-85 and I-985 split

Six people are dead after a crash involving a passenger van at the I-85 and I-985 split. The crash occurred just after 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Gwinnett County police officers along with the Gwinnett County Fire Department were dispatched to the interstate crash on I-85 northbound at the split to I-985. Callers reported that a vehicle was on its side and engulfed in flames. Other motorists attempted to pull victims from the burning vehicle and render aid. 

As a result of the crash, I-985 northbound was shut down along with several lanes of I-85 northbound.

Six people died at the scene, and several others were transported to local hospitals throughout metro-Atlanta. One bystander suffered from a minor injury and denied transport. 

The vehicle that caught fire was a passenger van.

Investigators are still trying to determine what caused the crash. Based on statements at the scene, another vehicle may have been directly or indirectly involved in this incident. To determine exactly what happened, witnesses are urged to call the Accident Investigation Unit tip line at 678-442-5653. The case number is 21-031606.

Police say they will release details about the occupants of the van in the coming days. All the occupants of the vehicle appeared to be adults.

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