Pearl River County, MS (WDAM) - A Monday traffic accident claimed one life in Pearl River County.
According to Pearl River County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Shane Tucker, Jason Michael Backstrom was approaching the Spring Hill Road and Joe Reyer Road intersection when he allegedly failed to stop at a stop sign, entered the intersection and the back of his vehicle was struck by a tractor trailer log truck around 11:30 a.m.
Tucker stated after the impact, the log truck was knocked over with the driver pinned inside, emergency personnel had to extricate the victim.
According to Pearl River County Deputy Coroner Albert Lee, Willie Simmons Jr., 69, of Franklinton Louisiana was pronounced dead at the scene.
"Backstrom was taken to a local hospital to have blood drawn to determine whether drugs or alcohol were a factor, however at this time, there is no indication that there were," said Tucker.