7 dead, 3 injured after wreck on I-85 in Franklin Co.

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FRANKLIN CO., GA (WSPA) – Seven people have died and three others are in the hospital after crash on Interstate 85 Saturday in Franklin County.

According to Georgia State Patrol, a Ford Excursion was traveling north on I-85 near exit 160 (GA-51) when it crossed the median around 1:43pm and struck a Chevrolet van traveling in the opposite direction.

The van then struck another van in the right lane. Two other vehicles were damaged by debris from the crash.

Three people inside the Ford Excursion died in the crash. Three others in the SUV were taken to the hospital, one in critical condition.

All four people inside the Chevrolet van died at the scene, according to Georgia State Patrol.

Nobody in the other van was hurt.

The identities of the victims have not yet been released.

I-85 southbound was closed for several hours while troopers investigated. The interstate reopened around 8:00pm.

We will update this story as more information becomes available.

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