BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - It was a deadly Saturday on South Mississippi roads. Two people died in separate overnight accidents.
In George County, a 24-year-old Lucedale man died after the car he was in ran off the road, and slammed into several trees. According to a Mississippi Highway Patrol spokesman, the Saturday morning accident was on Highway 613 near Cook Corner.
Patrolmen tell WLOX.com the George County crash killed Joseph E. Waltman. One other passenger suffered moderate injuries. The driver was okay. According to the MHP spokesman, nobody in that crash was wearing a seatbelt.
Two cars collided in Lamar County, killing a Hattiesburg woman. The Highway Patrol says Ellen Fitch died when she couldn't get out of her burning car.
This accident was on I-59 near the 49 mile marker. Patrolmen say Fitch's car bumped into the back of another vehicle. Both cars swerved off the interstate and banged into trees.
Authorities have not said if the 58-year-old Fitch was wearing a seatbelt.