Double Fatal Accident

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Lauderdale County, Miss. Two people died in a Wednesday morning accident in Lauderdale County.

The wreck involving a green Mitsubishi Eclipse driven by 24-year-old Hunter McQuaig of Meridian and a black Saturn Ion driven by 50-year-old Joseph Doyle of Philadelphia, occurred about 6:45 on Highway 19 North in Collinsville. Both drivers died.

"From what I was told by highway patrol, Mr. McQuaig's vehicle was traveling north on Highway 19," said Lauderdale County coroner, Clayton Cobler. "When he got in front of the Dollar General store, for some unknown reason, the car veered to the left into the pathway of Mr. Doyle's car, and that's where contact was made."

An ambulance on its way back to Philadelphia just happened to be near the scene when the accident happened and was able to render aid before local first responders arrived.

"It's my understanding that a Neshoba County ambulance service was in the area when it happened and came upon it, so they were one of the first ones on the scene. Of course, Collinsville fire and rescue responded, Metro responded, the highway patrol, and the sheriff's office did also," Cobler said.

The coroner says that both drivers had been pulled from their vehicles by the Neshoba County medics and volunteer firefighters before Metro Ambulance arrived, so it's unclear right now if either was wearing their seatbelt, but both were immediately transported by Metro to Meridian.

Both of the drivers were pronounced dead at the hospital shortly after arrival.

"I don't know if it was mechanical, or if there were some medical problems, or exactly what, but it's strictly accidental," said Cobler of the cause for the collision.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol is investigating the exact cause of the wreck.