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Questions surround fatal crash in Neshoba County that killed 6

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NESHOBA COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

It was in this creek on County Road 107 in Neshoba County where five children and one woman drowned just after midnight Saturday.

Investigators say nine members of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians were traveling south in a Dodge Durango when it left the roadway, went down an embankment and plunged into the frigid waters.

The water was higher than normal because of recent rains.

"When officers and rescue personnel arrived on the scene the vehicle was totally submerged," said Neshoba County Sheriff Tommy Waddell.

Inside were a family of 5 siblings, a mother , father and another couple.  The children, ranging in age from 9-years to 18-months and 37-year-old Dianne Chickaway, were unable to escape the water filled vehicle.

The father and driver Dewayne John, the mother Deanna Jim and Chickaway's husband, Dale Chickaway survived.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol is assisting Neshoba County authorities in reconstructing the scene and trying to figure out just what went wrong.

Tire tracks can be seen for a considerable distance from where the SUV left the pavement to its entry into the creek.

Questions linger about what happened on this darkened rural stretch of roadway.

"We had an accident approximately a month or so ago where there was a fatality just a few hundred yards from this location," added Sheriff Waddell.

Preliminary investigations attribute a lack of seat belt usage and entrapment for the drownings.

According to authorities, Dewayne John, still hospitalized for injuries related to hypothermia, could face criminal charges.

Choctaw tribal officials say John and Deanna Jim also have two other children who were not involved in the fatal accident.

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