Jackson woman killed when deer smashes through windshield on U.S. 61

Published 3:25 pm Tuesday, January 2, 2024

PORT GIBSON (AP) — A Jackson woman was killed early Tuesday when a deer smashed through the windshield of a car traveling on U.S. 61 in Claiborne County.

The deadly collision happened at about 5:20 a.m., Trooper 1st Class Darnika Mayfield of the Mississippi Highway Patrol said.

Officials with the Mississippi Highway Patrol said a Chevrolet Cavalier was traveling southbound when the vehicle collided with a deer. After colliding with the Chevrolet, the deer collided with a northbound 2011 Nissan Maxima and entered through the windshield.

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A passenger in the Nissan, identified as 23-year-old Amanda Taylor of Jackson, was pronounced dead at the scene, Mayfield said. Mayfield said neither of the drivers involved were injured.