One person was killed and two others were seriously injured in a crash on Interstate 55 last Friday night.
According to Montgomery County Emergency Operations Director Allan Pratt, dispatchers received a 911 call at 10:33 p.m. on September 27 reporting a small, white car stopped in the roadway on Interstate 55. At 10:34 p.m., Pratt said another call reported that vehicle was on fire with possibly someone trapped inside.
Pratt said Winona Fire Department and Medstat were dispatched to the scene.
Deputies from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department were also dispatched to the scene.
According to Trooper Josh McBride with the Mississippi Highway Patrol, the disabled vehicle was in the right lane of the northbound side of Interstate 55 near the 182 mile marker. Before officers arrived at the scene, another vehicle, a 2016 Honda, collided with the rear of the vehicle.
McBride said when officers arrived, the disabled vehicle was fully engulfed in flames.
According to McBride, Marlo Hill, 22, of Winona was the driver of the Honda and was out of the vehicle when officers arrived at the scene. Hill reported to the officers that the impact of the crash knocked him unconscious, and when he regained consciousness, he found the passenger of the disabled car the middle of the roadway and drug him to the median to safety.
McBride said both Hill and the passenger were airlifted to University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson with serious injuries, where Hill underwent surgery. The condition of the passenger was not available.
Pratt, the Montgomery County Coroner, said the driver of the disabled vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene. The body was transported to the Mississippi Crime Lab for an autopsy and identification.
As of press time Wednesday, Pratt had not yet received official identification on the driver.