COMMERCE — Three victims in a van wreck Monday morning in Jackson County have been identified.
Steve Nichols, Jackson County director of Emergency Services, identified those who died as Paul J. Truesdell of Mableton, reported to be a member of the black metal band Wormreich, based in Huntsville, Ala.; Ian McKinney, 30, of Madison, Tenn., and also of Wormreich; and Nicholas Criostomo, 25, of Round Hill, Va., and a member of Atlanta-based Khaotika.
Eight others were injured when the van carrying members of the two heavy metal bands and pulling a trailer careened off Interstate 85, authorities said.
The 15-passenger van was carrying 12 people from South Carolina toward Atlanta when it went off Interstate 85 at the exit ramp to Ga. Highway 98 in Jackson County at about 7 a.m. Monday, authorities said.
Those injured were transported to Athens Regional Medical Center in Athens and Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, he said.
The van's driver "apparently fell asleep and allowed the vehicle to leave the roadway, at which time the vehicle struck a tree on the passenger side," Georgia State Patrol Cpl. Scott Smith said. Three passengers were ejected, authorities said.
The van's driver, identified as Sergio J. Quesada, 27, of Athens, was uninjured and could be facing charges.
Due to a source’s error, this article previously included information about a fourth death. Only three were killed in the wreck as of Tuesday night.