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Person killed after car goes in Rankin County pond

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RANKIN COUNTY,MS (WLBT) - One man is dead and another was hurt in an afternoon wreck. Their vehicle ran off the road and landed in a pond.

The quiet of this peacefully remote part of Rankin County was shattered by this 1993 Ford Mustang crashing into a small pond. It was traveling north on Antioch-Shiloh Road, ran off the road, hit a small tree and landed in the water on its roof.

 "One occupant of the car was sitting on the bank of the, on the side of the road right here. We learned there was a passenger in the vehicle, went into the water and got the other occupant out and he was deceased," said Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey.

 Bailey says their preliminary investigation indicates a high-rate of speed appears to be a factor. Authorities have identified the man who was injured as 29-years-old Michael Sessions of Mendenhall. He was taken to the university medical center for treatment.

"The victim was identified as a Kenneth Wedgeworth of Louin, Mississippi and he was a 53-year-old male," Bailey added. Even though the investigation is preliminary, Sheriff Bailey says alcohol appears to have been another factor in the fatal crash.

 "There were beer cans in the water by the vehicle and inside the vehicle and again I have two accident reconstructionists here, a criminal investigator and of course we're doing all the paperwork we have to do to get a search warrant and obtain blood samples and different things like that and carry the car to the Sheriff's Office impound yard to process it," Bailey said. 

Bailey says the injured man will probably be held overnight at the hospital for treatment and observation. Evidence collected at the scene will be sent to the state crime lab for analysis. Blood drawn from the victims will undergo toxicology testing.

 The one car crash happened just before 4:00 p.m. The sheriff says emergency responders were on the scene in less than five minutes.

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