4 die in I-59 accident at MS/LA line

PEARL RIVER, La. - Four people were killed when an 18-wheel truck blew out a tire and crossed in to oncoming traffic on I-59 near the Louisiana / Mississippi state line Friday morning, according to State Police.

Troopers said the truck, driven by 37-year-old Juan Torres of Montgomery, Texas, was traveling north on I-59 when the tire blew out and Torres lost control of the truck, which went across the center median an into a Dodge pickup. State Police said the impact was almost head on.

All four people in the pickup were pronounced dead.

The victims are identified as: Daniel Dickson, 57, of Carriere, Mississippi; Eva Farrugia, 76; Thomas Farrugia III, 35; and an as yet unidentified victim, all of Carriere.

Troopers said three of the four victims were not wearing seatbelts at the time.

Torres suffered minor injuries and was booked with careless operation and four counts of negligent homicide.

Another car behind the pickup was struck by accident debris, but the driver was unharmed.

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