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Victims identified in fatal wreck
by Zack Steen
May 20, 2017 | 75406 views | 6 6 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff photo by Zack Steen / A three vehicle wreck on Friday afternoon left one dead and four injured at the busy intersection of U.S. Highway 72 and Cass Street.
Staff photo by Zack Steen / A three vehicle wreck on Friday afternoon left one dead and four injured at the busy intersection of U.S. Highway 72 and Cass Street.
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Staff photo by Zack Steen / Following the Friday afternoon three vehicle wreck at U.S. Highway 72 and Cass Street, hundreds of people crowded into the McDonald’s parking lot to witness the ordeal unfold.
Staff photo by Zack Steen / Following the Friday afternoon three vehicle wreck at U.S. Highway 72 and Cass Street, hundreds of people crowded into the McDonald’s parking lot to witness the ordeal unfold.
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A Iuka woman was killed Friday in a three vehicle wreck near a busy Corinth intersection.

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.

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Drew1975
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May 23, 2017
How many fatal wrecks have to happen before politicians take notice? There should have been a 72 bypass a long time ago, wouldn't end crashes but would greatly reduce.
FaithfullyOil
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May 22, 2017
The red car was driven by my cousin and his wife was the one who passed away. This couple has 3 sons, 2 daughter in laws, and 4 grand babies. This family is my family, and they should not be without their mom because of someone's disobedience of the laws. Please drive careful and always pay attention to other drivers, as well as your own driving. This could have been prevented.
Mr. Buddy
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May 20, 2017
I'm so sorry for the poor victims that lost their life and the others injured. I pray for the families and the loved ones grieving at this time. I know Corinth police can't be every where all the time but something has to be done about the speed people travel on 72. There are posted speed limits but they are ignored. I'm not pointing a finger at just one group but tractor trailers run lights every day. They travel too fast thru town. I think Corinth needs to make 72 where tractor trailers can only drive in the right lane. The intersection at the hospital is another very dangerous intersection. There are wrecks all over 72 almost daily. Something has to be done to stop these wrecks and slow drivers down. It shouldn't take a fatality to make this happen. I hope the Corinth city counsel will stand up and do something about this. I came into town last Wednesday morning from Memphis and slowed my speed down as I came into the city limits (just like it is posted). I was planning on turning on Alcorn drive and a driver going at a very high rate of speed almost rear ended me as I got in the turn lane with my signal on. He blew his horn and flipped me off (I was doing the speed limit). Once he got around me he continue at a high rate of speed going thru town. PLEASE PLEASE CORINTH PD AND THE CITY COUNCIL DO SOMETHING!!! Double the fine for speeding thru town and make the big trucks only allowed to drive in the right lanes. I know they have the ability to make the changes that are needed to be done. God bless the EMTs, police, the wing and the fire department for trying to save the lady that died and taking care of the other victims.
neomatrix24
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May 20, 2017
I think we need a bypass to reduce the traffic.
Truckerjon
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May 21, 2017
I'm not pointing fingers hub. Easy escape to blame truckers. I'm guessing you got caught behind one and couldn't drive fast? Typical. Funny thing is all the wrecks, on 72, are more autos , not semis . But like I said blame a trucker, easy escape
cary rikard
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May 21, 2017
I agreed with Mr Buddy the traffic and speeding is a big big problem on 72 Hwy and something needs to be done