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Tragic accidents claim two lives
by Bobby J. Smith
Nov 07, 2016 | 5515 views | 0 0 comments | 58 58 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Two young Alcorn County residents were killed in separate wrecks on Sunday.

A Walnut High School student was killed in a one-vehicle accident near the Tippah County line early Sunday.

According to Alcorn County Sheriff Ben Caldwell, officers were dispatched at approximately 1:07 a.m. to a wreck on County Road 611 near the county line.

Caldwell said the vehicle, which had been occupied by two male subjects, was traveling east on County Road 611 when it lost control and spun off the north side of the road, striking an embankment before rolling several times. Both occupants were not wearing seat belts and were ejected from the vehicle.

The two boys were airlifted to the Med Hospital in Memphis. The vehicle’s driver, 16-year-old Parker Wallace, was pronounced dead on arrival.

The passenger was discharged from the Med on Sunday.

• In an unrelated accident later Sunday morning, Mississippi Highway Patrol Troopers responded to a wreck on Highway 2 near Kossuth at approximately 4:45 a.m.

The investigating troopers said it appeared 18-year-old Glen resident Steelie Mincy was traveling east when she apparently lost control of her 2003 Cadillac Escalade. The vehicle left the roadway, collided into a ditch and overturned several times, according to a statement from Troop F Public Relations Officer Ray Hall.

Mincy was airlifted to North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo with life threatening injuries. As of Monday afternoon she was still a patient at the hospital.

The vehicle’s passenger, Landon Blake Baswell, 19, of Glen, was ejected from the vehicle during the crash and died at the scene.

Baswell was a student at Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville, where he was a member of the tennis team.

Hall said the Sunday morning wreck was the second unbuckled teenage fatality Troop F has recorded in the last five days.

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