Three killed in fiery wreck on Mississippi 27

Published 11:20 pm Saturday, June 16, 2012

A fiery one-vehicle wreck on Mississippi 27 early Saturday resulted in the deaths of two men from Hinds County and a woman from Rankin County, a Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol official said.

Matthew R. Camp, 29, of Raymond, was driving a black 2010 Ford F-150 pickup south on the two-lane highway when he lost control of the truck about 1:20 a.m., said Cpl. Odis Easterling, MHSP spokesman.

The pickup veered off the road on the right, hit a tree and burst into flames, Easterling said.

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Killed along with Camp were passengers Chris Ragan, 32, of Terry, and Stacey Chichirillo, 31, of Florence, said Easterling. Addresses of the victims were not available.

Sheriff Martin Pace said Warren County deputies were the first emergency responders to arrive at the wreck about a mile south of China Grove Road, and found the truck fully engulfed in flames.

“Deputies were unable to approach the vehicle until county fire engines arrived on the scene and extinguished the fire,” said Pace. “At that point they realized there were three bodies inside.”

Firefighters from the Fisher Ferry Volunteer Fire Department along with an ambulance and rescue truck from the Vicksburg Fire Department responded, said Jerry Briggs, chief of the Culkin Volunteer Fire Department, who also was on scene.

Warren County Deputy Coroner Kelda Bailess said because of the fire the bodies were not readily identifiable, and they were sent to the Mississippi State Crime Lab in Jackson where the exact cause of death would be determined and DNA testing would be performed Monday to confirm the victims’ identities.

Easterling, who said the victims were identified by tracing the truck’s registration and contacting the families, would not speculate on the cause of the wreck, saying only that it is still under investigation.

It was the seventh fatal wreck in Warren County this year, two of which occurred in city limits.