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July 1, 2014

5 killed in northeast Georgia crash

GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Three children ages 2, 8 and 13 were among the five people who were killed in a wrong-way crash on a highway in northeastern Georgia Monday, state police said.

The wreck happened Monday morning on Athens Highway at Oak Grove Road, east of Gainesville, authorities told The Times of Gainesville ( ).  

An SUV being driven by Amanda Lynn Pardue, 34, crossed the median and hit a tractor-trailer head on, state police said. The tractor-trailer then overturned. State patrol Cpt. C.E. Parker told the newspaper that the five people who died in the crash were all riding in the same vehicle.  

Trooper Jonathan Munger told the newspaper that the driver, a passenger and two children in the SUV were pronounced dead at the scene. A third child was airlifted to a hospital and was later pronounced dead.

State police on Monday night identified the other passengers as Elli Emfinger, 2, Kayleigh Emfinger, 8, Dalton Martin, 13 and Robbie Hollis, 53.

The accident is under investigation and authorities said they were unsure of what caused the driver of the SUV to cross the median.


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