STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - Two Mississippi State football players were involved in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday night in Oktibbeha County.
According to the Mississippi Highway Patrol, the crash happened on Highway 25 South.
A car collided with the rear of an 18-wheeler's trailer as the truck tried to turn into a private drive, Trooper Sgt. Derrick Beckom said.
Three people occupied the car: the driver, 19-year-old Javeious Purvis, and his two passengers, 19-year-old De’Monte Russell and 18-year-old Xavier Taylor.
All of them were taken to the hospital in Starkville.
Purvis was airlifted to Jackson, and Taylor was airlifted to Tupelo and then to Jackson. Both were listed in critical condition, Beckom said.
The driver of the 18-wheeler, 51-year-old Mark Mace of Sumrall, was not injured.
Russell and Purvis are football student-athletes at Mississippi State University.
Russell was treated and released, and Purvis is resting comfortably in the hospital, said Bill Martin of MSU Athletics.
The accident happened after football practice, Martin said.