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I-985 wreck kills 2

BUFORD - A three-car collision on Interstate 985 in Buford left two people dead and five others hospitalized Sunday afternoon.

A preliminary investigation indicated the wreck occurred when a Jeep Liberty traveling southbound on the interstate attempted to change lanes and struck a Chrysler Town and Country Minivan, according to a Gwinnett County Police Department press release.

Drivers of both vehicles lost control and crossed the grassy median, entering the northbound lanes of I-985.

A Jeep Grand Cherokee traveling northbound was then struck on the driver's side by the Jeep Liberty and on the passenger side by the minivan.

The collision killed the driver of the Jeep Liberty, 31-year-old Todd Kirk Stein of Doraville, and the passenger of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, 57-year-old Elizabeth Reasoner of Buford.

Elizabeth Reasoner's husband, 60-year-old Richard Merle Reasoner, was driving the Jeep Grand Cherokee and was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center for treatment. As of Monday, he was still being treated and is listed in fair condition.

An Auburn family was traveling in the minivan and all were hospitalized. Ruben Arango, 38, and his wife, Monica, 38, were both taken to Gwinnett Medical Center and have since been released.

The Arangos had two daughters in the minivan as well, ages 7 and 10, who were taken to Egleston Children's Hospital with serious injuries.

The preliminary investigation indicated everyone was wearing seat belts.