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A person died after colliding with a tree, leaving the vehicle in flames.

Posted: Oct 16, 2017 3:04 PM

PRENTISS COUNTY, Miss. (WTVA) - A person died after colliding with a tree, leaving the vehicle in flames.

Near 1 a.m. on Sunday, October 15, Prentiss County deputies and Booneville police were doing a safety checkpoint along Highway 4 in Booneville.

Master Sgt. Ray Hall with the Mississippi Highway Patrol says a pickup truck approached the checkpoint, turned its lights off and turned around attempted to flee.

Hall says the driver lost control of the vehicle on County Road 8061, struck a tree and caught fire.

This was about two to three miles from the checkpoint.

The driver died as a result. 

Troopers have not made a positive identification of the driver yet.

"The Mississippi Highway Patrol worked the crash scene to avoid the appearance of any bias in the investigation," said Prentiss County Sheriff Randy Tolar.

 

 

 

 

 

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