Five injured in two-car wreck on Interstate-85

By ELIZABETH RICHARDSON erichardson@newnan.com Traffic was backed up Tuesday on Interstate 85 during the evening commute by a two-vehicle accident that reportedly sent five people to area hospitals. The accident occurred at 3:54 p.m. near the 35 mile marker in Grantville.
Sgt. Lance Greene, commander of the Georgia State Patrol, said the accident occurred when a southbound Chevrolet Malibu driven by a man from New York crossed the median and struck a northbound 15-passenger Dodge Sprinter van carrying a rock band from Japan. The van overturned upon impact and came to rest on its side, according to Greene. The driver of the Malibu and four occupants of the van were transported from the scene. The most serious injury sustained was broken ribs, according to Greene. The driver of the Malibu told authorities that an unknown vehicle forced him into the median. According to Greene, charges are pending against that driver. Traffic on the interstate was momentarily halted to get the van upright and loaded on the wrecker. Traffic was reduced to one lane of travel while the accident was being cleared. The interstate reopened at approximately 5:30 p.m.

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