BLOOMINGDALE, Ga. (WSAV) – A crash in the Bloomingdale area Wednesday evening left four people dead and another injured. The youngest victim was 19.
The crash happened around 5 p.m. at Fort Argyle and Old River roads. According to the Georgia State Patrol (GSP), a van failed to stop at the stop sign and turned in front of a tractor-trailer when it was struck on the driver’s side.
The collision caused multiple people to be ejected from the van, GSP said, ending in the four fatalities. The victims have been identified as 27-year-old Carlos Alejandro Aguilar Cardona, the driver, and passengers Anselmo Gomez, 48, Christian Ramirez, 21, and Jenson Gomez, 19.
The surviving passenger, Juan Cardona, suffered serious injuries.
According to GSP Trooper Adam Massey, the van’s occupants were members of two families. They had been working for a contractor in the area and were on their way home from work back to Savannah.
The tractor-trailer driver, 42-year-old Kenneth Odom, of Ludowici, was not injured.
The crash closed down traffic in the area for roughly five hours Wednesday. First responders from Chatham and Bryan counties responded to the scene, with GSP leading the investigation.
“Our hearts go out to all involved in this tragic accident,” a Facebook post from Chatham Emergency Services reads. “Please drive safe, always.”