Fourteen people are recovering after being taken to the hospital including children following a wrong-way crash in McIntosh County.
It happened early Monday morning on Interstate 95.
Gavin Berkeley, 27, was the driver traveling south in the northbound lane, according to GSP. Two adults were in the van with several others ranging in age from 11 months to 26 years old.
This crash blocked all lanes of traffic. Troopers say even though it happened so earlier in the morning, it backed up thousands of cars for miles in both directions.
A driver was going south in the northbound lanes when he hit a shuttle van head on around 3 a.m. The van was carrying eight children and four adults.
The crash spun the wrong way car into a tractor-trailer. It crossed the median and overturned. That blocked all lanes for hours.
In total, 14 people were taken to the hospital. Troopers say alcohol was a factor in the initial crash.
“The investigation is still ongoing with possible charges against the wrong-way driver. When I say “possible”, we just have to finish our investigation with him,” Ga. State Patrol TFC Marcus White said.
Traffic from the crash got worse through the morning commute. Some drivers took to the state roads as a detour. But that traffic slowed to a crawl too. By midday, traffic was back to normal.
Berkeley faces charges once he is out of the hospital. According to GSP, those charges are DUI, Reckless Driving, driving on the wrong side of the roadway, and five counts of Serious Injury by Motor Vehicle.