Georgia State Patrol released preliminary information on Monday morning about a crash on I-75 southbound before Red Top Mountain Road on Sunday at around six p.m. that claimed four lives.

Preliminary evidence at the scene indicates that a Kia van was traveling northbound on I-75 when, for reasons yet to be determined, it left the roadway, crossed the grass median, and entered the southbound lanes of I-75. The Kia van collided with a Chevy Tahoe and a Toyota 4Runner. Following this initial collision, a commercial vehicle struck the Kia van and the Toyota 4Runner. Additionally, a Hyundai SUV struck the rear of the Chevy Tahoe.

Three occupants of the Kia van were pronounced deceased at the scene, including one juvenile. First responders transported two other juveniles from the Kia van to the hospital. The driver of the Toyota 4Runner also sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. A helicopter transported the driver of the Chevy Tahoe to a hospital. Additionally, first responders transported one juvenile and one adult from the Hyundai SUV to a hospital.

The four people who died were all Cartersville residents: 43-year-old Dakarai Mason, 35-year-old Erin Mason, 15-year-old Brandon Crawford, and 21-year-old Aimee Odom.

All lanes were closed for over four hours.

We will share additional information once the incident investigation is complete.