Investigation continuing after one killed in Rankin County crash

Photo Credit: Mississippi Department of Transportation

UPDATE: 01/18/2017 9:18am  The Mississippi Highway Patrol is still investigating this morning’s fatal incident on MS 18 in Rankin County but preliminary findings indicate that the car being driven by Harvey Mathis, Jr. had crossed into another lane of traffic and was subsequently hit head-on by a pickup truck driving in the opposite direction.  The truck was driven by 57-year-old Perrin Burnham. That truck was then hit by a Ford Escape driven by 49-year-old Annie Clark.

MHP Corporal Eric D. Henry issued the following statement:

“Around 6 am MHP responded to MS 18 near Cato Rd in Rankin Co to a three vehicle accident. Preliminary investigation shows a Chevrolet pick up driven by Harvey Mathis Jr 6-20-89 was traveling east on MS 18 when his vehicle crossed over into the westbound lane and struck head on with another Chevrolet pickup driven by Perrin Burnham 9-23-59. After impact the pickup truck driven by Mr. Mathis was struck in the westbound lane by a Ford Escape that was driven by Annie Clark 2-14-67 whom was traveling west on MS 18.   Mr. Mathis was killed on scene. The drivers of the other vehicles was transported to UMMC with serious injuries. Foggy conditions and speed may have played a factor in the crash. Accident is under investigation.”

UPDATE: 01/18/2017 8:41am MHP and MDOT confirm that the scene of the crash has been cleared.  The investigation is continuing.



UPDATE: 01/18/2017 8:16am The victim of this morning’s fatal crash is being identified as 27-year-old Harvey Mathis.  Two others involved in the crash have injuries described as “serious.”

UPDATE: 01/18/2017 8:15am Delays of up to an hour are being reported in all directions.

UPDATE: 01/18/2017 7:55am  The Mississippi Highway Patrol indicates that one person is dead and two are injured.  MHP and the Mississippi Department of Transportation tweeted the following:




UPDATE: 01/18/2017 7:32am Mississippi Highway Patrol (MHP) spokesman Eric Henry is confirming that the crash involved three cars.  One person is reported dead.

Delays of at least 30 minutes are expected in all directions.

WJTV is at the scene of the crash and will provide more information as soon as it is available.


Original Story:

RANKIN COUNTY, Mississippi (WJTV) Heavy traffic delays are to be expected along MS 18 at Cato Road in Rankin County, Mississippi.

A crash is being reported by the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT).  Delays are estimated as being approximately 55 minutes in duration.

There is no word on the extent of the crash or possible injuries at this time.

WJTV is en route to the scene.


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