Three people, including former Atlanta Hawks star point guard Daron “Mookie” Blaylock are in critical condition after a crash that shut down traffic on a Clayton County highway Friday, according to the Clayton County police chief.

Officers say an SUV involved in the crash went into oncoming traffic on Tara Boulevard near North Avenue after 1 p.m. Police still do not know why.

Jonesboro police said the driver was traveling northbound on Tara Boulevard when the vehicle went through the median and crashed head-on into a van carrying a husband and wife. The couple and the SUV driver were taken to Atlanta Medical Center in critical condition.

Another driver on the road said she barely missed the SUV.
“He crossed over the median directly in front of me. I swerved in a split second and he hit them on the side of me, and he flipped over in the ditch,” Nicoby Williams told WSB. “He hit them because I swerved out of the way.”

Officers said the van had been damaged so badly that it was difficult for emergency responders to get one of the injured passengers out of it. She was airlifted to the hospital.

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