HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Hancock County Coroner Jim Faulk has confirmed the identities of the four people who were killed in a tragic 11 car pileup and Interstate 10 early Saturday morning.
Faulk said Randall Mark Wager, 49, and his daughter, 18-year-old Ariana Mikal Wager were killed in the crash. They were both from Lucedale.
Faulk said Brandon Alexander Estes, 23, of Slidell, LA, and Ryan Deforest, 21, of Lacombe, LA, were also killed in the pileup. Authorities tell us four others received non-life threatening in the crash.
Officials tell us the wreck started shortly after midnight when a truck hauling a trailer full of old computers left the roadway and flipped in the eastbound lanes near mile marker 2.
That started a chain reaction as cars, trucks and 18-wheelers continued to collide with one another. In all, four 18-wheelers and seven passenger vehicles were involved in the crash.
"The vehicle went into the median and the driver over corrected. Well, the trailer overturned and it lost its load. It had a bunch of electronic equipment. That caused traffic to come to a stop on I-10 eastbound," said Cpl. Benjamin Seibert, with Mississippi Highway Patrol.
Donald LaFleur, of Mobile, AL, and his 17-year-old son were traveling home from New Orleans when the crash happened. They watched the terrifying scene unfold from their rearview mirror.
Everything just happened so quick. I seen the smoke and cars just like flipping," said LaFleur. "It was very scary, and I just want to thank God. You know, he was watching over us."
"I can tell you. It's a horrific scene. I've been a trooper eight years, and this is one of the worst ones I've seen," said Seibert.
Traffic was backed up for hours and officials had to reroute traffic to Highway 607 to get back on the interstate at the Highway 603 exit. The wreck was cleared around 6:15 a.m.
MHP Lt. Johnny Poulos tells us the cause of the wreck is still under investigation.