An early morning crash on Interstate 75 just south of the Tennessee state line left two people dead and three hospitalized, according to dispatchers for the Georgia State Patrol.
The crash occurred about 1 a.m. when a southbound Pontiac Aztec veered onto the right shoulder of the highway and rammed a parked tractor-trailer rig, officials said.
The truck driver, who was not injured, had stopped to check his trailer-trailer, which was entirely off the roadway, the dispatcher said.
The Pontiacs passengers, four males and one female, were from Murray County, Ga., and in their early to mid-20s, according to Trooper Monte Chastains
His report notes two of the SUVs occupants died at the scene and the others were taken to Erlanger hospital.
Names of those involved in the crash will be released after family members are contacted, officials said.
Dispatchers said a Georgia State Patrol Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team was called from Calhoun, Ga., to assist with the ongoing investigation.
Investigators are awaiting results from toxicology tests, but alcohol is considered a factor in the crash, according to Trooper Chastains report.