Helicopter flies victim from scene of fatal Hancock County crash

Eastbound lanes near mile marker 10 on Interstate 10 in Hancock County were closed for about an hour Friday night after a fatal crash involving two vehicles, a Mississippi Highway Patrol official said.

MHP spokesman Chase Elkins said a 2014 Ford Fusion driven by a 54-year-old man from Baker, La. was traveling eastbound on the interstate when a 2015 Hyundai Sonata crashed into the back of it. His wife was the passenger in the car.

The Ford Fusion was forced off the roadway, Elkins said, and the car crashed into a tree, impacting the driver’s door.

The driver was pronounced dead on the scene, Elkins said. His identity has not yet been released by Hancock County Coroner Jim Faulk.

Elkins said both eastbound lanes of the interstate were closed so a helicopter could land and transport the passenger inside the Ford Fusion, Cristal C. Herbert, to University Medical Center in Mobile.

The 52-year-old Baton Rouge woman suffered severe injuries, Elkins said.

40-year-old John R. Davis II, the driver of the Sonata, was taken to Hancock Medical Center for medical observation, Elkins said.

The crash is under investigation.