One person died in a two-vehicle wreck Friday morning on U.S. 49 near Old Highway 49 in Saucier.
Harrison County Fire Chief Pat Sullivan confirmed the fatality and said Coroner Gary Hargrove was at the crash. The occupant of the second vehicle was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, Sullivan said.
Hargrove said the identity of the man who died probably would not be released for several days.
Mississippi Highway Patrol spokesman Chase Elkins said a 51-year-old man from Edwards was driving a 2011 Ford van. He was trying to cross U.S. 49 when a red 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt driven by a 21-year-old Hattiesburg man heading south hit the van on the driver’s side. Both vehicles caught fire.
A video posted by the Sun Herald’s broadcast partner, WXXV-TV, shows two burned vehicles in the highway median about 30 feet apart.
The driver of the Cobalt was taken to Garden Park Medical Center in Gulfport by ambulance. He appeared to have suffered minor injuries, Elkins said.
U.S. 49 was blocked for a period of time and was down to two lanes.