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JACKSON COUNTY, Ga. - Authorities confirm three people have died and several others are injured after a 15-passenger van carrying 12 people crashed in Jackson County Monday morning. Georgia State Patrol says the single-vehicle-crash took place on Interstate 85 southbound at Hwy 98 (exit 147). The van, carrying nine men and three women, veered off the highway about 300-feet and slammed into a tree after the male driver, who survived, lost control.
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FOX 5 News has learned three men were ejected from the vehicle and died as a result of their injuries. Eight others were taken to nearby hospitals to be treated for injuries. Two of the victims' injuries are considered life-threatening.
FOX 5's Marc Teichner says two different rock bands were in the vehicle traveling from South Carolina to metro Atlanta for a gig at The Basement in East Atlanta Monday night. Wormreich is a heavy metal band based out of the Huntsville, Alabama area. We have not confirmed who the second band was at this time.