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Minivan hit six cars waiting at traffic light during fatal wreck

NORCROSS — Police are still investigating why the driver of a blue minivan ventured into a line of cars waiting at a Norcross traffic light Thursday morning, triggering a seven-car crash that killed a woman.

Gwinnett County police spokesman Cpl. Edwin Ritter said six vehicles headed northbound on Singleton Road were stopped at the traffic light for Jimmy Carter Boulevard when, at about 7:30 a.m., a southbound blue minivan plowed into them. According to police, some witnesses reported that the minivan was going south in the northbound lane all along, while others said he “merged over” and hit the cars.

“Why this happened, we don’t know yet,” Ritter said. “Obviously speed’s going to be a contributing factor but we don’t know what the others are.”

The driver of the minivan was transported to the hospital in critical condition. One of the drivers he hit, a 59-year-old woman in a Honda Accord, died at the scene. Neither person’s identity was released Thursday.

A third driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

The driver of the minivan will face criminal charges, though the nature of those charges won’t be clear until more investigation is completed into the dynamics of the crash.

That could take some time.

“It was pretty chaotic out there,” Ritter said.