Jones Co. officials identify victims in fatal accident

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - An accident Friday Night at the intersection of Highway 84 West and Willie Hilbun Road claimed the life of a Covington County man and sent three others to the hospital including an infant. The accident occurred shortly after 7 p.m.

According to officials on scene an Oldsmobile Alero apparently pulled out into the eastbound lane of Highway 84 West from Willie Hilbun Road into the path of an oncoming 18-Wheeler.  The 18-Wheeler, which was hauling giant rolls of paper weighing 5,510 lbs. each, crossed the median, losing most of its load, and landed on its side in the westbound lane.  The driver of the 18-Wheeler received minor injuries and refused transportation to the hospital.

The driver of the Oldsmobile Alero was apparently killed instantly in the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene by Jones County Deputy Coroner Burl Hall who identified the driver as 21-year old Reginald Keyes of Collins,.  The front passenger, a 21-year old black male, was critically injured and was transported to SCRMC by EmServ along with the backseat passengers, an 18 year-old black female, who sustained serious injuries and her female infant.

Both lanes of Highway 84 West were closed while rescue and recovery operations were performed.  Volunteer medical first responders and rescue units from Hebron, Calhoun, Pleasant Ridge and Soso responded to the scene and Jones County District 1 Fire Chief Lee Garick served as incident commander.  Also responding to the scene was the Mississippi Highway Patrol, Jones County Sheriff's Department, Wayne Black of the Jones County District Attorney's Office and Jones County Fire Coordinator Dan McKenna.

After two and a half hours the eastbound lane of Highway 84 West was reopened and the westbound lane remained closed for several hours more.