Five Killed in Mississippi Highway Accident

Five killed in Mississippi highway accidentA multi-vehicle accident on Interstate 10 in Gautier, Mississippi, on August 31, left five people dead, The Associated Press reports.

The pile-up involved cars, an 18-wheeler and a horse trailer. According to Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd, as many as six vehicles were involved. The accident occurred on the eastbound side of the highway and traffic was diverted from the area while the wreckage was cleared and investigators recreated the scene.

Two people died in one car, two in another car and one person in a third vehicle, states the news source. A child was among the dead. The victim’s names were not released until the day after the accident.

According to WLOX, 29-year-old Sabriya Thomas Barnes and her 5-year-old daughter Alayah Wesley were among the deceased. Mobile, Alabama residents Steven Johnson and Thomas Andrews were also killed in the accident. The last victim’s name has not been released because the family has not been notified.

Jackson County Coroner Vicki Broadus told the Mississippi Press that Johnson was the driver of a pickup truck in the accident and the unidentified victim was a passenger in his vehicle.

Two children and two adults were injured in the crash and are all listed in stable condition in area hospitals. The driver of the tractor trailer survived the crash, but a horse was killed, reports the AP.

Eyewitness Stephen Kilpatrick told WLOX that the accident scene was an overwhelming sight.

“Everybody was slamming on brakes, and everybody was like swerving to get out of the way,” Kilpatrick said. “Right when I stopped right here, before any of the fire trucks got here, it just like engulfed in flames.”