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Witness horrified after seeing Gwinnett crash where 6 died

She described it as the worst accident she's seen in 17 years of driving up and down I-85.

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — Gwinnett County Police continue to look for clues in the car wreck that killed six people on Saturday night. Ten other people were taken to the hospital with injuries.

While police are still trying to notify the victims’ families, we’re also hearing from a witness struggling emotionally with what she saw - smoke everywhere and people scrambling to help rescue the victims.

Ashley Gause was one of many people who were stuck on the highway Saturday night.

“Out of all the wrecks I’ve seen on I-85 and the 17 years I’ve been driving up and down 85, this tops it,” she said.

Police said the passenger van carrying sixteen people crashed and caught fire near the I-85 and I-985 split in Gwinnett County. 11Alive has learned that the victims were members of a sober living group.

Gause is still shocked by the wreck.

“I could smell it. My husband looked at me and he was like, the smell. And that was more chilling than seeing it," she said. "There are so many people out here who saw it, and who are going to take this to the grave with them. It’s an image you can’t erase.”

Police believe a second vehicle may have been involved in the crash, and they’re urging witnesses to come forward.

Gause has a message for the victims’ families.

“Grieve the way you want to grieve and remember these girls at their best,” she said.