The scene on County Road 107 in Southwestern Neshoba County was much quieter Saturday afternoon about 12 hours after a 1 vehicle accident claimed the lives of 1 adult and 5 children. The Dodge Durango carrying 4 adults and 5 children left the roadway and went down an embankment into a creek that was high due to recent heavy rains.
Neshoba County Sheriff Tommy Waddell says that, "When officers and rescue personnel arrived on the scene, the vehicle was totally submerged."
Those who made it out of the car include a male friend of the family, the children's mother, and the children's father, who was also the driver. Among the deceased are a 37 year old female family friend and 5 children, all siblings ages 9, 8, 7, 4 and 18 months. All of the passengers are members of the Pearl River Community in Choctaw, Mississippi. Sheriff Waddell says the investigation into the exact cause of the accident could take some time, but preliminary reports point to the lack of seatbelt usage and entrapment to the drowning deaths.
"We're in the early stage of the investigation. The Mississippi Highway Patrol has been called in to reconstruct the accident scene for us."
This stretch of rural county road is no stranger to tragic accidents like this.
"We had an accident approximately a month or so ago where there was a fatality just a few hundred yards from this location."
Once the investigation is complete criminal charges may be filed against the driver who remains in the Neshoba County Hospital being treated for minor injuries related to Hypothermia.