UPDATE: 11/02/2016 9:49am A written release from Marshall West of the Mississippi Department of Public Safety reads as follows:
“On Monday, October 31, 2016 at approximately 07:45 p.m., the Mississippi Highway Patrol responded to a two vehicle crash on Highway 80 west of Chunky, Mississippi in Newton County. A Ford F-150 collided into the rear of a small utility trailer being towed by a Jeep Wrangler as both vehicles were traveling westbound on Highway 80. Ten occupants were on the trailer at the time of the collision. Three occupants on the trailer, Kristina Shaver a 33 year old female, Baylie Shaver an 8 year old female, and Brooke Shaver a 2 year old female were killed. All three were from Chunky, MS. The seven remaining occupants on the trailer were transported to hospitals in Meridian and Jackson. Their injuries are listed as life threatening and remain in critical condition. The driver of the Jeep, Terry Smith, a 58 year old male from Chunky was not injured. The driver of the Ford F150, Chase Cook, a 20 year old male from Decatur, MS was not injured. The accident remains under investigation by the Mississippi Highway Patrol.”
UPDATE: 11/01/2016 8:45am – Authorities say a mother and her two daughters were killed when the trailer they were riding on was struck by a pickup truck in a small Mississippi town on Halloween night.
Mississippi Highway Patrol Capt. Johnny Poulos tells The Associated Press that 33-year-old Kristina Shaver, 8-year-old Baylie Shaver and 2-year-old Brooke Shaver died at the scene Monday night. Newton County Coroner Danny Shoemaker says the three were a mother and her two daughters. All three were from Chunky.
Poulos says six other people on the trailer were taken to hospitals in Meridian and Jackson. He says all six are in critical condition.
Poulos says a Ford pickup slammed into the rear of the small utility trailer being towed by a Jeep as both vehicles were traveling westbound on U.S. Highway 80.
He said the drivers of the Jeep and pickup were not injured.
UPDATE: 11/01/2016 4:10am (from The Associated Press):
CHUNKY, Miss. (AP) – A coroner says one adult and two children have been killed when the trailer they were riding on was struck on a highway in a small town in eastern Mississippi on Halloween night.
Newton County Coroner Danny Shoemaker says the three were all related to each other. Their names, ages and details about how they were related were not immediately being released late Monday. Shoemaker says two died at the scene of the wreck and one died while waiting for a hospital helicopter.
Mississippi Highway Patrol Capt. Johnny Poulos tells The Associated Press the accident happened on U.S. Highway 80 in Chunky, about 80 miles east of Jackson. He says it appears a vehicle struck a flat-bed trailer carrying people celebrating Halloween about 7:45 p.m. CDT.
Investigators were on the scene late Monday.
NEWTON COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) – Multiple people are dead and several are injured after truck rear ends a trailer full of kids on Halloween.
The Mississippi Highway Patrol got the call around 7:45 p.m. about the collision according to Sergeant Andy West of Mississippi Highway Patrol Troop H.
It happened on Highway 80 in Newton County.
Sergeant West says a Jeep was towing a trailer with kids and adults when an F-150 truck hit the rear end of trailer.
Multiple people are dead as well as multiple people have been reported injured.
The exact number has not been released at this time.
WJTV was told three helicopters took people to Jackson area hospitals; also some people were transported to Meridian hospitals.
This is a developing story.
Please stay with WJTV as more information becomes available.