Multiple people killed, several injured in Chunky hayride accident
UPDATE 10/31/16 10:55 p.m.: Newton County Coroner Danny Shoemaker confirms three people were killed in the accident, including two children and one adult.
Multiple people were killed and several more injured Monday evening in a hayride accident in Newton County.
It happened before 8 p.m. on Highway 80 in Chunky. Sgt. Andy West with the Miss. Highway Patrol says multiple people were killed and several people were injured in that accident involving a hayride and another vehicle.
"There were two vehicles involved. One of the vehicles was pulling a trailer, which was loaded with several occupants. Adults and children were on the trailer. Both vehicles were traveling westbound on Highway 80 when an F-150 collided into the rear of the trailer," said Sgt. Andy West.
West says the vehicle apparently rear-ended the trailer that was carrying many people. Newscenter 11 confirms seeing at least three helicopters landing on scene to transport those who were injured to the hospital. Lifecare Ambulance and Metro Ambulance have been called to the scene, as well. Newscenter 11 saw four people being airlifted by helicopter to hospitals.
"It's a small community. This is a bad thing to happen anywhere, but when it's local, it really hits home. These are good people, and our hearts go out to them," said West.
We have no word yet on how many other injuries there are.
We will continue to keep you posted throughout the night as we learn any new information.