We’re learning more about the two brothers killed early Sunday morning in a wrong-way accident on I-16E in Laurens County.
CBS-affiliate WTOC reports that Jack Dean Harris, 20, and Garrett Harris, 18, were on their way back to the university from metro Atlanta after Thanksgiving break.
They were going eastbound on I-16E when a wrong way driver hit them and their car became ‘engulfed’ in flames near Dudley.
Georgia Southern University issued a statement extending its sympathies to the family and friends of the Harris brothers. The university also had counselors available for those who needed it.
WTOC reports their father, Jack Harris, also attended Georgia Southern and played football for the Eagles in the 90s.
They spoke to one of Harris’ teammates, Tim Durden, who was shocked and saddened by the tragic accident.
“We're all asking ourselves and each other what can we do. How can we reach out to Jack and help other than praying and begging for peace and comfort,” said Durden to WTOC. "There have been some really, really tragic accidents on I-16, but you know, it's home."
The initial investigation of the accident shows that a Toyota driven by Jared Adler, of Sandy Springs, was going westbound in the left eastbound lane of I-16E when it hit a Saturn L200.
Adler was hospitalized and GSP says the accident could be under investigation ‘for some time.’
GSP has not released the circumstances of why Adler was going the wrong way on the interstate.