Officials identify the driver killed Wednesday along U.S. 61 North

Published 12:08 pm Wednesday, July 22, 2020

A Wednesday morning accident on U.S. 61 North just inside Issaquena County claimed the life of a Rolling Fork man.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol said early reports show that a Dodge pickup, driven by Gerald D. Vanderford, 50, of Rolling Fork, was traveling north on U.S. 61 North when for “unknown reasons” the truck left the roadway and overturned. Vanderford was reportedly ejected from the vehicle.

Vanderford was killed and his body was discovered nearby in Deer Creek.

Email newsletter signup

Sign up for The Vicksburg Post's free newsletters

Check which newsletters you would like to receive
  • Vicksburg News: Sent daily at 5 am
  • Vicksburg Sports: Sent daily at 10 am
  • Vicksburg Living: Sent on 15th of each month

The Mississippi Highway Patrol said the accident remains under investigation.

Multiple emergency units from Warren County rendered aid in response to the fatal accident. Units from the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, Warren County Emergency Management, Warren County Fire, and a dive team with the Vicksburg Fire Department all responded to assist emergency units from Issaquena County.