Three die in 2 area accidents

Three die in 2 area accidents

Three people died in two separate southwest Mississippi car accidents on Tuesday, one involving a fiery crash that killed two people in Amite County and another claiming the life of a North Pike High School student.

The incidents happened within hours of each other.

In the first incident, authorities responded around 3:30 p.m. to Thompson Road in Amite County, where a one-vehicle accident killed two people.

Amite County Coroner Cam Sharp said the westbound Saturn passenger car veered off the right side of the road, overcorrected and went off the left side of the road and into a ditch, where it flipped and caught fire.

Mississippi Highway Patrol spokesman Cpl. Brandon Fortenberry said troopers assisted the Amite County Sheriff’s Department in reconstructing the wreck. McComb and East Central firefighters also responded.

Sharp said DNA analysis will be needed to determine positive identification of the victims, whose bodies have been sent to the State Crime Lab. That would take about a week to 10 days, he said.

Sharp said authorities have been able to determine who the vehicle is registered to.

Sheriff Tim Wroten said he located who he believes to be the victims’ next of kin on Tuesday.

“We believe they are from Amite County,” Wroten said, adding that he’s almost certain he knows who the victims were.

“These two were always together,” he said.

In the second wreck, North Pike student Zachary A. Stephens, 17, was killed in a single-vehicle accident on  McComb-Holmesville Road around 11 p.m.

Coroner Percy Pittman pronounced him dead at Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center.

Pike County sheriff’s officials said they were still investigating the matter this morning and had no further details they could immediately release.

Hartman-Jones Funeral Home in McComb is handling his funeral arrangements, which are incomplete.

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