Four Hall County residents died in a vehicle crash along Interstate 85 in Franklin County on Saturday, July 6.
Scott O’Barr, Franklin County’s coroner, issued a press release on Sunday, July 7, identifying the victims as Alejandro Agis Perez, 53; Noe Gutierrez Cerna, 39; Oswaldo F. Hi Navarrete, 25, and Eugenio Santoyo Serna, 36.
The four Hall County residents were traveling southbound in a Chevrolet van about 1:45 p.m. Saturday, when a Ford Excursion crossed the median for unknown reasons, Georgia State Patrol reported. The Ford Excursion struck the Chevrolet van, causing a chain-reaction crash in the southbound lanes that also involved a Ford van in a nearby lane. The impact of the collision sent debris flying that also caused minor damage to two additional vehicles, according to the statement.
O’Barr said he was told by a family member of one of the four Hall County victims, that those in the Chevrolet van were returning home from working on the job.
“They worked Saturday morning to get finished up, so they could spend time with family over the weekend,” he said. “That was unfortunately and tragically cut short.”
O’Barr stated in the release that three Paulding County residents were killed in the Ford Excursion. Those victims include Chris Years, 33, Ashley Years, 34 and Luna Years, 3.
Three other children — ages 3, 6 and 6 — in the Ford Excursion were transported to Greenville Memorial Pediatric Trauma Center in Greenville, South Carolina. O’Barr said the two 3-year-olds were twins, as well as the 6-year-olds.
The medical status of those children was unavailable Monday afternoon.
Franklin County Coroner’s Office, with assistance from Hart County and Madison County Coroner’s Office, worked throughout Saturday and Sunday, to identify and contact the decedents’ families, O’Barr said.
“From my office, from the public safety community in Franklin County and from the citizens of Franklin County, I can assure you that everyone impacted from all families out of both vehicles, they’re in our thoughts and prayers,” he said. “Words cannot describe the heartbreak that we have.”
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.
No one in the Ford van was reported hurt.
As of Monday, July 8, Georgia State Patrol stated that the cause for the Ford Excursion to cross the median is still unknown and under investigation.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.