FORREST COUNTY (WDAM) - A Wednesday, May 20th, two-vehicle accident in Forrest County claimed the life of three people, and now, all have been identified.
According to Forrest County Deputy Coroner Jonathan Nobles, the driver of the SUV involved in the wreck has been identified as Ashley Danielle Gomes, 32, of Greenwood.
On Tuesday, May 26th, Forrest County Deputy Coroner Lisa Klem identified the other two victims as John Simmons, 37, of Purvis, and Jennifer Holyfield, 40 of Hattiesburg.
The extended period of time it took to release the name, was due to positive identification from dental records from the state crime lab during the investigation.
According to Forrest County Coroner Butch Benedict, the three were killed in the wreck that occurred just before 8 p.m. Wednesday May 20th, at the Hwy 98 & Ralston Road intersection.
Two people, a male and female, were killed in the passenger car, and a female was in the SUV.
According to emergency officials on scene, the two vehicles burst into flames after impact.
A deputy was close to the scene and responded and attempted to pull people from the burning vehicles, however he was injured in the process, and unable to free the trapped occupants.
He was treated by paramedics on scene, and his injuries were not life threatening.
According to emergency officials on scene, occupants in both vehicles were unable to escape from the wreck.
The cause of the wreck has not been determined at this time and is under investigation.