UPDATE: The Georgia State Patrol has identified the driver who is facing charges over a crash on Alabama Highway in Catoosa County that injured five children on Tuesday.

The GSP says 29-year-old Cari R. Overby of Ringgold is facing charges of driving on a suspended license, safety belt violations and improper passing.

Trooper Abraham Chiesa says eight people were injured in the crash, including five children who were flown from the scene to a hospital.

Trooper Chiesa says four car seats and one booster seat were in Overby's vehicle, but two of the children weren’t strapped in.

Trooper Chiesa says warrants for Overby's arrest will be issued when she's released from the hospital.

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PREVIOUS STORY: Five children and three adults were flown to Erlanger Tuesday afternoon after a crash at Alabama Highway and Yates Springs Road in Catoosa County.

Tanya Lay was driving when she saw the driver with her children in a red vehicle swerve on the highway and crash into another vehicle.

One of the children was thrown from the vehicle, and when she saw that child reach for the mother, she knew she had to do something.

"I got out of my truck and picked the baby up. Blood all over me,” Lay said.

She says several people helped before first responders arrived.

"I just told everyone to get the babies out of the vehicles because you don't know if it's going to blow or what's going to happen. I just told them to make sure all the babies are okay and told people to start calling 911,” Lay said.

The crash made her think of her son who died six years ago in a car crash in Florida.

"It hits home, especially when it comes to babies. And when they have to get airlifted it's not easy,” Lay said.

Two of the children had open head wounds.

"Everyone was helping trying to get the babies calm. Two of them. Two of the kids that were hurt the worst just couldn't stop screaming, understandably,” Lay said.

Authorities say a red vehicle driving north bound caused the crash. Both vehicles were heavily damaged and the highway was covered in skid marks.

Georgia State Trooper Abraham Chiesa says four car seats and one booster seat were in the vehicle, but two of the children weren’t strapped in.

"One of the child safety seats that I checked wasn't even restrained with the safety belt. It was in the vehicle, but it was moving around,” Trooper Chiesa said.

Trooper Chiesa says the mother was driving on a suspended license.

Lay says there is no reason to put any child in danger.

"She shouldn't have been on the road or have her kids with her. She just shouldn't,” Lay said.

Lay just hopes everyone is okay.

Once the mother of the children is out of the hospital, Trooper Chiesa says warrants will be issued for her arrest.

The mother, whose name has not been released, is facing charges of driving on a suspended license, safety belt violations and improper passing.

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