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Updated: 7/28/2014 8:54 am
COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) — Three people are dead, and two others were injured in a traffic accident in Lowndes County.

Coroner Greg Merchant said the one-vehicle accident happened between midnight and 1 a.m. Sunday on Officers Lake Road.

Merchant said he was called to the scene shortly after where he pronounced three people dead.

Tyler Nelson Thompson, 22; Dontay Orlando Evans, 32; and Eddie Lee, 40, were pronounced dead at the scene. All victims are from Columbus.

Two other passengers were transported to Baptist Memorial Hospital.

According to Merchant, Thompson was driving north on Officers Lake Road when he left the road and struck a tree.

Investigators said alcohol is a possible factor. Merchant said they're waiting for the toxicology report.

The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office and District 2 Volunteer Fire Department also responded to the accident.
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