LAURENS COUNTY, Ga. - Two Georgia Southern students have been killed after they were involved in a head-on two-car crash early Sunday morning.
Georgia State Patrol said the accident happened at 1:15 a.m. on Interstate 16 East near milepost 34 in Laurens County.
Police said that the two students, 18-year-old Garrett Harris and 20-year-old Jack Deacon Harris, were traveling in the lefthand lane of I-16 eastbound when they were hit head-on by a car driving the wrong way on the interstate.
The accident caused the car the students were in to be "engulfed in flames," the GSP said in its report. Both of them died on the scene due to their injuries.
The other driver, 27-year-old Sandy Spring resident Jared Adler, was taken to the local hospital. There is no word on his condition at this time. Officials say charges are pending.
A spokeswoman for Georgia Southern University has released a statement about the accident and the deaths of its two students:
The Georgia Southern University community is saddened to learn of the accident that resulted in the loss of two of our students, Garrett Harris and Jack Deacon Harris. Our deepest sympathies go out to their family and friends and our thoughts are with them during this time. Counseling is available for our students as we all grieve this tragedy.
The investigation is still ongoing.