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3 children, 1 adult killed in Copiah Co. crash

COPIAH COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Four people were killed in a two-vehicle accident in Copiah County around 7:30 Wednesday morning, and three of them were small children.

The accident, involving an 18-wheeler and a Chevrolet Cobalt, occurred at the intersection of Highway 27 and Lee Avenue.

According to the Mississippi Highway Patrol, Anita Joan Teasley, 67, of Crystal Springs entered the intersection and was hit by an 18-wheeler driven by Anthony Jackson, 45, of Jackson. The 18-wheeler was traveling south on Highway 27.

Teasley was killed, along with 6-year-old Gavin Tompkins, 3-year-old Gunner Tompkins and 15-month-old MaKenna Bass. An MHP spokesman says Gavin Tompkins and Gunner Tompkins were not wearing seatbelts, but a family member disputes that. Bass was in a car seat. The children were Teasley's great-grandchildren.

Kim Hebert, who lost her brother in a fatal wreck at the intersection, says, "People have died here, there are always wrecks.  It's not just effecting the lives of the people involved but the neighborhood."

Hebert says MDOT put up signs warning motorists to slow down since WLBT first highlighted the dangerous intersection back in January.  Residents say the signs are often ignored, with some cars and trucks going in excess of 70 miles per hour.

"I've almost been hit because they're flying and you don't see them coming," Mike Underwood said.

Underwood says there's a "blind" hill on Highway 27 just before the intersection where you can't see people pulling out into the intersection.

No charges have been filed at this time and the investigation is ongoing.

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