Coroner identifies man killed in Hwy. 53 wreck - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Coroner identifies man killed in Hwy. 53 wreck

A two mile stretch of Highway 53 near Gulfport closed Wednesday morning following a one vehicle accident. Officials say a service vehicle hit a power pole. (Photo source: WLOX) A two mile stretch of Highway 53 near Gulfport closed Wednesday morning following a one vehicle accident. Officials say a service vehicle hit a power pole. (Photo source: WLOX)
HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove has identified the man who was killed when his truck slammed into a telephone pole Wednesday morning on Highway 53 near Gulfport.

Hargrove said 55-year-old Craig Mathis, an AT&T employee, was killed when his truck slid off the road and struck the power pole. He said Mathis was dead by the time first responders arrived on the scene.

The road was closed for several hours Wednesday morning between Mills Road and Canal Road because of concerns that the power pole might fall across the highway.

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