MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - We now know the names of the two people killed in the deadly wreck in Jackson County Saturday morning. Jackson County coroner Vicki Broadus said 27-year-old Ashley Bowens of Gautier and 21-year-old Antraun Davis of Alabama were headed to work when their cars crashed and set off a multi-car pileup eastbound on Interstate 10 near mile marker 68.
The deadly crash combined with heavy rains spurred a traffic backup on the eastbound side for miles. It also forced others to exit as police began the cleanup and investigation
"It appears that one vehicle made contact with another vehicle. As a result of that accident, it caused a chain reaction of other vehicles to pileup," said Moss Point Police Chief Keith Davis.
There was a lot of mangled wreckage left behind after the multi-car pileup. Davis described the accident as horrific.
"We almost made it through the holidays without any fatalities in the city of Moss Point however; unfortunately, we did have two fatalities on the interstate."
According to the Davis, the two victims who died were involved in the initial crash. When they got out their damaged cars, they were struck by the oncoming traffic knocking one of the victims off the bridge and into the water.
"It was sad."
Battalion Chief Mark Condreay and Moss Point's fire team were some of the first responders on the scene.
"I think we had a total of six cars involved and there was a lot of debris everywhere."
Two other people were injured. Firefighters said they had to use the Jaws of Life to pry one of the men out of his car.
"He was really hurt from his neck to the back," fire officials said.
What caused the accident is still a mystery. Police said with so many folks on the road this Holiday season 'please be careful and drive safely.' Broadus said an autopsy will be preformed tomorrow.