Alcorn County Coroner Jay Jones said Christy Taylor, 49, of Iuka, suffered fatal injuries during the 5 p.m. wreck at U.S. Highway 72 and Cass Street.
Officials took several eyewitness reports at the scene.
Corinth Police Sgt. Chad Harville said the three vehicle wreck happened when a black Chevrolet Avalanche truck driven by Jerry Spencer, 61 of Corinth, sideswiped a Dodge Challenger driven by Lamar McCory, 26, of Corinth, in the east bound lane of U.S. 72 near Cass Street. The impact knocked the Avalanche into west bound traffic colliding head-on with a Chrysler Sebring convertible driven by John Taylor, 54, of Iuka.
Christy Taylor, who was pronounced dead on the scene, was a passenger in the convertible.
Harville said according eyewitness reports, speed was a factor in the wreck. He said reports indicated that prior to the accident Spencer was traveling at a high rate of speed and changed lanes to avoid a vehicle exiting the parking lot of Popeyes restaurant.
John Taylor was transported from the scene in critical condition via Air Evac to North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupleo. Spencer and a 14-year-old passenger in the truck were both taken by Magnolia EMS to Magnolia Regional Health Center.
McCory was not injured.
The accident shutdown U.S. 72 in both directions. Harville said traffic was diverted via side streets for more than one hour.
Hundreds of people gathered in the five fast food restaurants parking lots surrounding the intersection to watch the horrific scene unfold.
In addition to Corinth Police, Corinth first responders, Magnolia EMS, Corinth Fire Department and Alcorn County Coroner Jay Jones responded.
“An investigation and accident reconstruction should be completed next week by the Mississippi Highway Patrol,” added Harville.