FORREST COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - The Forrest County Agricultural High School community is mourning the loss of a recent graduate. Family members said Savannah Gibson, 18, was killed in a crash on Highway 13 just hours after walking across the stage for graduation.
Family members tell us Gibson received her diploma from FCAHS on Thursday night. She died Friday morning when her car collided with an 18-wheeler tanker Forrest County. The crash happened around 9 a.m.
FCAHS Superintendent Dr. Donna Boone issued this statement Friday afternoon:
Officials on the scene said the truck was heading south on the highway when the car Gibson was driving swerved into the southbound lane and hit the truck.
"It happened so fast. I had nowhere to go," the truck driver said.
Mississippi Highway Patrol said the tanker was carrying liquid asphalt. The truck driver tells us he has been driving for 40 years and this was his first major crash.
The highway was shut down for hours as crews worked to clear the scene of debris that littered the roadway.