At 4:56 p.m., a Chrysler Town and Country van was traveling west in the left lane by mile marker 152 when a tire blew. As the van tried to pull over to the right lane, the driver lost control and the van drifted back into traffic and struck a pickup truck traveling in the same direction, Georgia State Highway Patrol troopers said.
The van then hit the median, where it flipped and caught fire. All seven occupants were helped out of the van by passers-by.
They were taken to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital by ambulance.
The truck also drifted into the median and flipped. The driver, James Gribben, was transported by helicopter, troopers said. A passenger in the truck was also taken to the hospital by ambulance.
The occupants of the van were all released Friday night. Gribben and his passenger were released early Saturday. Troopers said the Gribben’s injuries turned out to be less serious when he got to the hospital.