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.