Vicksburg woman among those killed in two-car collision near Panther Burn

Published 12:21 pm Friday, July 21, 2023

A two-car collision on U.S. 61 North claimed the lives of three people Thursday night at approximately 11 p.m.

According to Mississippi Highway Patrol, a 2020 Ford Escape driven by 44-year-old Bertha S. Blackledge of Vicksburg traveled north on Highway 61 when it collided with a 2010 Pontiac G6 driven by 49-year-old Kenan L. Baker of Greenville, who was traveling south on Highway 61.

Blackledge, Baker and 39-year-old Shankia L. Williams, of Glen Allan, a passenger in the Pontiac G6, received fatal injuries from the crash and were pronounced dead on the scene.

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This crash remains under investigation by the Mississippi Highway Patrol. The Sharkey County Sheriff’s Office responded to the crash as well and is aiding in the investigation.