- Associated Press - Friday, June 19, 2015

SOPERTON, Ga. (AP) - Three people are dead after a tanker truck smashed into the back of a car on Interstate 16.

The crash happened at about 3:35 a.m. Friday in Treutlen County, about 70 miles east of Macon. The Georgia State Patrol says a tanker truck traveling westbound struck a Toyota Scion in the rear. The impact sent both vehicles across the median and into the eastbound lanes of I-16.

State Patrol spokeswoman Tracey Watson says all three people traveling in the Scion died in the crash. Their names were not immediately released.

The driver of the tanker truck, 56-year-old Christopher Hinson of Lyons, was taken to a nearby hospital. The extent of his injuries was unknown.

The crash remains under investigation. No decision has been made on whether to file charges.

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