One killed in Lamar Co. crash; both lanes of MS 589 blocked

One killed in Lamar Co. crash; both lanes of MS 589 blocked
SUV and pickup truck crash head-on in Lamar County. (Source: Mississippi Highway Patrol)

LAMAR COUNTY, Miss. (WDAM) - One person was killed in a head-on crash on State Route 589 on Friday afternoon.

Mississippi Highway Patrol said the crash happened just after 2 p.m. about two miles north of U.S. Highway 98.

MHP Troop J spokesman Sgt. Travis Luck said an SUV headed north on the highway crossed the center line and hit a southbound pickup truck head-on.

Luck identified the deceased victim as 66-year-old Debra Fortenberry of Sumrall.

The driver of the SUV was pronounced dead at the scene and two people in the pickup were taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries.

Both lanes of 589 are closed between Stream Hollow and Refuge Lane. Luck said traffic is being diverted around the crash scene and drivers should avoid the area. It is unclear how long the highway will be closed to traffic.

Luck said the cause of the crash is still being investigated.

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