MOULTRIE, GA – A tragic accident involving a van and a pickup truck on a state highway near Moultrie, Georgia, resulted in the loss of five lives, including a toddler, on Thursday afternoon. Four other passengers in the van, along with the pickup truck’s driver, sustained severe injuries.
The collision occurred on Georgia 111, approximately eight miles southwest of Moultrie. The Ford van, carrying a mix of adults and children en route to a Thanksgiving gathering, was traveling southbound when it collided head-on with a northbound Dodge Ram pickup.
The deceased were identified as Emiliano Martinez Ramon, 58; Anna Leticia Rodriquez, 61; Jose Moreno, 72; Herlinda Sel-Choc, 25; and Anderson Arial Sel, 3. Sel-Choc was identified as Sel’s mother, but the relationships of the other adults are currently unknown.
Colquitt County Coroner Verlyn Brock, who has seen numerous accidents throughout his career, described this incident as “a horrendous accident” and a “miracle that anyone survived.”
This incident was part of a deadly day on Georgia’s roads, with state troopers reporting a total of 14 fatalities on Thanksgiving. Two additional deaths occurred on Interstate 16 near East Dublin when a Nissan Altima traveling in the wrong direction collided with a Honda Pilot.