Two were killed and one injured during a three-vehicle wreck near Desoto. Mississippi Highway Patrol says responders received the call just after noon. All three vehicles were traveling southbound along Highway 45. The incident began when an 18-wheeler rear-ended the truck in front of it. That truck then hit the back a car traveling directly in front of it. All three vehicles then began to wreck all the way down the bridge. The truck caught fire. They attempted to put out the flames, but they were just too much.
"I think the truck driver and responding troopers tried to put the fire out with fire extinguishers, but the fire was just blazing. It was too hot," Sheriff Todd Kemp says. "A fire extinguisher is only effective to some degree."
That fire was ultimately what led to the death of the two individuals.
"The pickup truck was engulfed in flames. The two occupants of it are deceased," Corporal Andy West of the Miss. Highway Patrol says. "The car was transported to Anderson's Hospital, and the driver of the 18-wheeler apparently didn't suffer any injuries."
The car driver's injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. The three vehicles slid all the way down the bridge during their wreck. Sheriff Kemp says this accident is one of the worst he's seen.
"It's been a long time since I saw one this bad, and with this length," Sheriff Kemp says. "We're talking almost a quarter mile accident involving three wrecks. Usually, they're confined to a smaller area."
This wreck comes less than a week after another fatal wreck in the area.