Police trying to notify relatives of crash victims

NORCROSS -- Police on Monday withheld the names of two people killed in a head-on collision with a Gwinnett County Transit van because their families hadn't been located, authorities said.

The accident occurred about 9:15 p.m. Saturday on Beaver Ruin Road at Beaver Falls Drive. A Red Pontiac Firebird collided with another car, crossed the median and crashed head-on into the transit van, police said.

The van's driver, who was the only person on board, was "shaken up" but not seriously injured, said Norcross police spokesman Capt. Brian Harr. The van suffered heavy front-end damage and is likely totaled, he said.

Harr said investigators were still having difficulty reaching the victims' families on Monday and could not release their identities.

Minutes before the crash, a Gwinnett police officer had attempted to stop the Firebird near Buford Highway and Mitchell Road for suspicious activity, Harr said.

The officer told investigators the driver stopped on Mitchell Road then sped away. The officer gave chase, but turned off the emergency lights near Beaver Ruin Road.

Police believe the driver lost control of the Firebird moments later and crashed.

The two men who died were in the car that hit the van. One died at the scene and the other died after being transported to an area hospital, officials said.