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UPDATE: Prairie man airlifted to hospital following Monroe collision

This appears to be in the area near Prairie.

Posted: Oct 24, 2018 2:46 PM
Updated: Oct 25, 2018 10:53 AM

Update 10/25/18

According to the Mississippi Highway Patrol, it appears a Ford pickup truck was traveling south and collided with a southbound John Deere tractor.

The driver of the truck was identified as John Collier, 68, of Shannon.

The driver of the tractor was identified as Wallace Franks, 66, of Prairie.

Troopers say Franks was airlifted to the Tupelo hospital and is listed in critical condition.

Collier suffered injuries.

The accident remains under investigation by MHP.

Update 10/24/18 3:34 p.m.

MHP says one lane on Highway 45 Alt. southbound is now open. Use caution in the area.

See the original post below. 

PRAIRIE, Miss. (WTVA) - Drivers in Monroe County are urged to use caution and find an alternate route as a result of a traffic accident.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol says Highway 45 Alternate, southbound lane, is shut down north of Highway 25.

This appears to be in the area near Prairie.

Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell says the accident involves a car and a tractor.

The condition of those involved is unknown at this time. 

A helicopter from the North Mississippi Medical Center is on the scene, as well as several local firefighters.

This is a developing story. 

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