Amite County, MS Truck Crash Kills 5, Jul 1996
AMITE COUNTY TRUCK CRASH KILLS FIVE.
AT LEAST 10 DIE IN WEEKEND TRAFFIC MISHAPS IN THE STATE.
The Associated Press.
Five people ranging in age from 14 to 27 died Sunday when their truck failed to make a curve on an Amite County road, hit a tree and exploded into flames, sheriff's deputies said Monday.
Donald Butler, with the sheriff's department, said a highway patrolman extinguished the flames on one victim, LATROY HANDY, 17, of Gloster, who managed to crawl from the burning vehicle. HANDY died at a Centreville hospital.
Butler said the driver, TROY R. JACKSON, 30, of New Orleans, was found dead outside the vehicle. The other three victims died in the truck. They were identified as ALONZO HANDY, 16; DORAN ANDERSON, 26; and KELVIN ANDERSON, 19, all of Gloster.
Local volunteer fire departments assisted at the wreck, extinguishing the fire. The wreck is still under investigation, Butler said.
The accident raised to at least 10 the number of people dead in weekend accidents on Mississippi highways.
Meanwhile, the Highway Patrol said LAURA ANN EVANS, 33, and her 14-year-old son BILLY LEE and 12-year-old daughter WINDY MARIE died Friday night after a head-on crash that also killed the driver of the other vehicle, JONATHAN W. HOUSER, 33, of Gulfport.
Biloxi police said HOUSER'S truck collided with the EVANS' pickup.
In a one-car accident Saturday, 49-year-old TERRY FISH of Bolivar, Tenn., died on Mississippi 7 South of Holly Springs. The accident is still under investigation, the patrol said.
Clarion-Ledger Jackson Mississippi 1996-07-02