One man killed in wrong way highway crash - - Jackson, MS

One man killed in wrong way highway crash

Source: WLBT Source: WLBT
Source: WLBT Source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A fiery afternoon crash shut down a portion of Highway 18 for nearly seven hours Monday. One person died almost immediately when two vehicles collided,instantly going up in flames.

"We ran down there to see if we could help anybody, but it was so hot. We had to turn around," said Willie Wilson.

He and several others were working along Highway 18 near Thousand Oaks Drive when they saw a car going in the wrong direction, east in the westbound lane. In seconds the car crashed head on into a Borden Milk truck.

"He had two places to turn around, and he didn't do it," added Wilson. "I don't know why, but it ran into the milk truck and almost immediately caught fire. He looked like he was doing like 40 or 50 miles an hour just driving reckless down the road".

Smoke from that fiery crash could be seen for more than a mile away. Flames were so intense after impact that both vehicles were practically unrecognizable.

"When the firefighters extinguished the fire we did recover one deceased person inside of the four door sedan," said Jackson Fire Department Division Chief Cleotha Sanders.

Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham Stewart believes the victim, burned beyond recognition, is an African American male. They found no identification. 

The car was so badly burned that they were unable to get tag or VIN numbers.

Jackson Police said the truck driver managed to escape and was taken to UMMC with non life threatening injuries.

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