CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. – Three people were found dead in an SUV that crashed into the woods off of Interstate 75 early Tuesday.
Cherokee Sheriff's Office said the accident happened around 6:45 a.m. when the SUV crashed into the woods after veering off I-75 northbound just north of the Woodstock Road overpass.
Police say the fire caught on fire after crashing into the tree line.
“There was extensive damage to the vehicle, where the vehicle’s engine was pushed up into the driver’s compartment area, pushed back and under," said Sgt. Marianne Kelley of the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office. "That, in and of itself, probably could have cause a fire.”
No children were inside the vehicle and no names or ages are being released until next of kin has been notified.
Kelley said the impact and the fire caused so much damage that investigators were not able to find the SUV’s license tag and could not even identify, at first, the kind of SUV involved in the accident.
“The vehicle is burned almost beyond recognition, on the inside, especially," Kelly said.
Making it that much more difficult, at first, to identify the three bodies.
The cause of the crash is unknown at this time. Police have interviewed some witnesses who were driving behind the vehicle before it left the roadway.
Investigators are hoping that information from several witnesses and the GBI crime lab will be able to help figure out why the SUV suddenly veered off of the highway.