Officials say the double fatal accident happened around noon near the Clay County and Randolph County line on Highway 67/62. Police say a pickup truck was struck by a semi that was unable to maneuver a curve in the road.
WDAM reports that Christopher Bryant, the driver of the pickup, and Brenda Christopher, a passenger, died in the accident. A second passenger, Shirley Bumpas, was airlifted to Regional One Medical Center in Memphis for treatment.
Officials say that all indications point toward the semi-truck driver being asleep or distracted at the time of the crash, according to WDAM. The driver, Casapu Mihail, has been charged with manslaughter, negligent homicide, and a misdemeanor for third-degree battery. Mihail’s bond was set at $1 million.
The following information is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).