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.