Four people from Mobile, Alabama, died in an Interstate 10 crash that began when westbound traffic stopped for a different wreck ahead, a state trooper said.
Gautier police were working at a crash just east of Exit 61 on Wednesday when traffic stopped, leading to a four-vehicle crash that killed a man and three women, Mississippi Highway Patrol spokesman chase Elkins said.
The deadly collision occurred about 9:20 a.m. near the 62-mile marker.
Elkins identified those killed Thursday and gave details on the sequence of events as an SUV was rear-ended by an 18-wheeler and forced into a pickup truck, and then into the rear of a different 18-wheeler.
Ruth M. Clark, 55, was driving the 1999 Ford Expedition SUV.
Jacob Williams, 63, was the front passenger; his wife, Diane Williams, 57, was in a right rear seat.
Takisha Mosley, 43, was in a left rear seat.
Elkins said all four died in the crash.
The collisions shut down westbound lanes about 3 1/2 hours hours during emergency response, investigation and cleanup.
Jessie D. Stevenson, 65, of Metairie, Louisiana, was driving a 2012 Freightliner, which rear-ended the Expedition, Elkins said.
The 2012 Freightliner forced the Expedition into a 2014 Toyota Tacoma, which careened off I-10 and crashed into woods. Luther T. Flowers, 76, of Moss Point, was driving the Tacoma.
The 2012 Freightliner’s momentum then forced the Expedition into the rear of a 2015 Freightliner, he said. Gene N. Cooper, 53, of Mobile, was driving the 2015 Freightliner.
Stevenson and Flowers were treated at Ocean Springs Hospital, then released.
Cooper apparently did not require hospital treatment. He was not taken to a hospital, Elkins said.
A couple from Lumberton, Texas, narrowly avoided the crash, swerving into the grassy median in their pickup truck, which was pulling a camper. They told the Sun Herald they tried to help the injured in the moments after the crash.
An hour or so later, two emergency-response vehicles were involved in a rear-end collision about a mile west of the four-vehicle crash.