Natchez firefighter dies of injuries after traffic accident

Authorities say it could take several weeks to investigate the details of a fatal traffic accident involving a police officer and a firefighter.

Firefighter Darnell Woods was taken to Natchez Regional Medical Center after the Tuesday night accident. Police Chief Mike Mullins says hospital officials told him Woods died within five minutes of a flight to a hospital in Jackson.

Woods' car was struck on the driver's side door.

Mullins said Officer David Washington was enroute to assist another officer with a traffic stop when the crash occurred. The chief would not say whether Washington was using his lights and siren at the time.

Mullins said the Mississippi Highway Patrol will conduct a full investigation of the accident.