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MHP investigating fatal Thanksgiving Day wreck

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The Mississippi Highway Patrol responded to a fatal crash on Thanksgiving Day around 10:26 a.m. The wreck occurred on Interstate 59 in the southbound lane, near mile marker 39 in Pearl River County.

Five vehicles were involved in the accident which took the lives of three of the drivers of the vehicles.

MHP Captain Johnny Poulos said when officers arrived at the scene, it appeared a Dodge Caravan, was driving the wrong way (going north) on Interstate 59 in the southbound lane crashing head-on with a southbound Saturn Ion and a southbound Nissan Altima.

A Honda CRV traveling southbound crashed into the Saturn and rolled over into the wood line while a southbound Toyota Tundra drove through the crash scene and crashed into several pieces of debris.

The three drivers of the Dodge Caravan, Saturn Ion, and Nissan Altima were pronounced dead on the scene from injuries sustained in the crash.

The driver and two passengers of the Honda were transported to Forrest General Hospital with minor injuries. The driver of the Toyota was transported to Forrest General Hospital with minor injuries.

Poulos said the crash remains under investigation by the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

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