Thursday, May 26, 2005

Four killed in traffic accidents

Staff Writer

Fatalities occurred in two highway accidents that struck less than an hour apart Monday afternoon, killing four and injuring one, according to authorities with the coroner’s office and the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

The first accident call came in to 911 at 3:56 p.m. and Marshall County Coroner John Garrison arrived at the scene at the intersection of Cayce Road and Highway 302 at 5:01 p.m., according to Garrison.

Lawrence Pannell was attempting to cross Highway 302 at the median and his vehicle was involved in a crash with an automobile travelling on Highway 302, according to officer Scott Swanson with the Highway Patrol.

Pannell was pronounced dead at the scene, and his son Tony Pannell was transported to The Memphis Med by air and died there, Garrison said. Lawrence Pannell’s body was taken to Holly Springs Funeral Home.

The second driver, Vicki J. Mosby, 32, of 74 North Magnolia Road in Byhalia, was injured and transported to The Med by helicopter, Garrison said.

No report on Mosby’s condition was available to reporters Tuesday.

Swanson said Lawrence Pannell was driving a 1997 Ford Taurus and Mosby was driving a 2004 Pontiac Grand AM. Lawrence Pannell was wearing a lapbelt and Mosby was not wearing a lapbelt, he said.

While working the Cayce Road accident, a 911 call came in at 4:52 p.m. about a two-car crash at Highway 7 South approximately a mile north of Wall Doxey State Park near Waterford. Garrison was notified at 5:02 p.m., he said.

Deputy coroner James Anderson went to the Highway 7 accident scene.

Miranda C. Haynes, 22, of 10550 Highway 322 East, Clarksdale, an Ole Miss student who was driving a Ford Explorer, died in the ambulance and her body was transported to Brittenum Funeral Home in Holly Springs, Garrison said.

Montie R. Gammill, 73, of 1080 Perkins Mill Road, Hollow Rock, Tenn., who was driving a Lincoln Town Car, was pronounced dead at the scene by Anderson, Garrison said.

Both Haynes and Gammill were wearing seat belts, Swanson said.

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