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IDs of Hancock County wreck victims hampered by crushed vehicle

COURTESY PHOTO CHASE ELKINS, MHP 
 The westbound lane of I-10 near the Louisiana state line was shut down for about six hours Monday night.
COURTESY PHOTO CHASE ELKINS, MHP The westbound lane of I-10 near the Louisiana state line was shut down for about six hours Monday night.

HANCOCK COUNTY -- Three days after a four-vehicle wreck on Interstate 10 killed three people and sent two to hospitals in critical condition, investigators with the Mississippi Highway Patrol and other agencies are still literally trying to piece together what happened.

MHP spokesman Chase Elkins said a passenger car was rear-ended by an 18-wheeler Monday night about 9 p.m., sending the car into an other 18-wheeler. A fourth vehicle then hit the car. The car was completely crushed by the impact.

He said the investigation into what caused the wreck will "take weeks" because of the condition of the car.

"All we know is the people in the car were from Indonesia," Elkins said. "Because of this, the coroner is having a tough time notifying the next of kin and we cannot release the names of those killed at this time."

Hancock County Coroner Jim Faulk said two front-seat occupants of the car died. Three people were taken to area hospitals. Faulk said one of the critically injured died Monday night at University Medical Center in New Orleans.

"The two survivors are still alive and they are recovering," Elkins said. "One is at a local hospital and the other is in a hospital in New Orleans."

Elkins said the car was in the right lane of westbound I-10. The left lane had been shut down for construction. The accident occurred near the Louisiana line. The portion of the interstate affected by the wreck was shut down for about six hours.

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