2 Saucier residents killed after crashing stolen car - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

2 Saucier residents killed after crashing stolen car

A boil water notice is currently in effect. (Photo source: WLOX) A boil water notice is currently in effect. (Photo source: WLOX)
Authorities say the car was stolen just hours before the crash. (Photo source: WLOX) Authorities say the car was stolen just hours before the crash. (Photo source: WLOX)
HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

The small community on Palmer Creek Road was panic ridden after two people died in a car accident around 10 p.m. Saturday night.

Police say 40-year-old Christopher Johnson was speeding when he crashed a stolen BMW into a chlorine tank, causing a toxic cloud of chlorine to cover the area.

Both Johnson and his passenger, 20-year-old Caitlin Dubose, died from their injuries.

Peterson said a deputy spotted the BMW traveling at a high rate of speed just 13 second before it crashed. 

"I was in bed watching tv and heard what sounded like thunder," said Shellnutt. "When I come out the door, the closer I got out here, it was just...took your breath away," said Wayne Shellnutt. 

But, it wasn't mother nature. It was the sound of a car plummeting through a gate. Shellnutt says his first instincts were to step in and help.

"I took my shirt off to tie it around my face so I could try and save the guys, but police told me to go back inside," said Shellnutt. 

According to Harrison County Sheriff Troy Peterson, the BMW convertible was stolen from a property in Saucier just hours before the fatal crash.

A sea of hazmat crews, law enforcement officers, firefighters, and the Department of Environmental Quality worked to secure the area, remove toxins, and clean up the area. 

A boil water notice is in effect for residents who live near Palmer Creek Road and East Wortham Road. Crews are currently repairing the utility system.

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