Head-on wreck on 27 kills woman|[8/27/06]
Published 12:00 am Sunday, August 27, 2006
A Vicksburg woman was killed late Friday in an apparent head-on collision on Mississippi 27 near China Grove Road.
Debra Ann Magee, 48, died at the scene after the gold Pontiac Bonneville she was driving collided with a southbound car driven by Florence P. Carraway, 61, 406 Southview St., Utica, around 11:15 p.m.
Carraway was immediately airlifted from River Region Medical Center to University Medical Center in Jackson, said Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace, and a hospital spokesman listed her condition as critical Saturday evening.
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Magee’s exact address was uncertain. Pace said her driver’s license indicated she lived in an apartment on Jefferson Street, but Warren County Coroner Larry Chisley said she lived in the 1400 block of Baldwin Ferry Road.
“I have no concrete information as to her family history,” including marital status, Chisley said, though he added he had spoken to two of Magee’s sons Saturday morning.
“They were very distraught,” he said.
Truck driver Greg Gardner of Monticello said he was following Carraway’s car south towards Utica in an 18-wheeler when the Bonneville being driven north by Magee veered into the wrong lane.
“Once she realized she was in our lane, it was too late,” Gardner said. “The white car (driven by Carraway) was swerving all over the place.”
That vehicle, with Carraway still inside, wound up in a steep ravine on the side of the road. The smashed Bonneville remained in the southbound lane, spun around with Magee trapped inside. Gardner, who had eluded the wreckage by swerving into the northbound lane and pulling into a nearby driveway, said both women were calling for help when he returned to the crash. The first emergency team arrived on the scene within about seven minutes of the call and worked with others for several more minutes to free Magee before determining she had died.
A spokesman from the Mississippi Highway Patrol, the agency officially handling the wreck, could not be reached Saturday. An MHP accident reconstructionist was on the scene after the crash, Pace said.
Both lanes of Mississippi 27 were closed for nearly two hours while the site was being cleared, Pace said.
An autopsy was scheduled at Mississippi Mortuary Services in Pearl today, Chisley said.
Funeral arrangements had not been made, he said.
Friday night’s fatal wreck was the 10th in Warren County this year, two of which were in the city of Vicksburg.