Preliminary information indicates an eastbound SUV carrying three people was struck by a car, also eastbound on the interstate, around 1:55 a.m., he said.
The SUV ran off the south side of the roadway and rolled several times. The three occupants were ejected.
They were pronounced dead around 3 a.m. at the crash site, marks said.
According to Marks, all three in the SUV died from blunt force trauma. He identified the driver as 51-year-old James Wyatt, and passengers as his sister, 57-year-old Roberta Jones, and his cousin, 52-year-old Delorise Jones.
The driver of the car, identified as 20-year-old Aaron Myers, of Simpson, was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital as part of the investigation, but any injuries he may have suffered appear to be minor.
He was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and violation of license restriction for not wearing corrective lenses. He was ultimately released, but additional charges may be pending upon the completion of the investigation by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.