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Update: Victims of wreck in Hancock County are identified

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 One of the vehicles involved in a four-vehicle crash on Interstate 10 in Hancock County on Monday night. Three people have died as a result of the wreck.
KORI JONES One of the vehicles involved in a four-vehicle crash on Interstate 10 in Hancock County on Monday night. Three people have died as a result of the wreck.

HANCOCK COUNTY -- Five people involved in a four-vehicle accident on Interstate 10 in Hancock County on Monday night have been identified.

The victims are all residents of Indonesia, said Hancock County coroner Jim Faulk.

They are identified as Uken Bremani, 29, the driver; Royani Yayan, 37, both males, and Sridewi Alumni, a 48-year-old female.

The survivors, who are still hospitalized, have been identified as Ilham Ronas, 44, and Triat Mjo, 48. Both are men.

The identification and release of the names was hampered by several factors, including that all five occupants were from out of the country. Faulk said the consulate in Houston has been working to contact the families of the victims. Faulk said he received word about 10 a.m. that all next of kin had been notified.

Faulk said the five people were all in the country working in the food service industry. One, he said, worked on a cruise ship.

He also said one of the victims had a receipt for a Coast casino.

The driver, Bremani, had a Washington state driver's license, Faulk said.

Investigators with the Mississippi Highway Patrol and other agencies are still 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 another 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.

Hancock County Coroner Jim Faulk said two front-seat occupants of the car died. Three people were taken to area hospitals and a third victim died later that night.

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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