Fatal crash Friday on Highway 82

Jim Gaines
Staff Writer

One man died and four people were hurt in a three-vehicle accident on Highway 82 Friday evening.
A passenger car struck the back of a loaded log truck half a mile east of the Clayton Village exit in east Oktibbeha County. The crash happened around 6:30 p.m., said Sgt. Criss Turnipseed, spokesman for Troop G of the Mississippi Highway Patrol.
John D. Gentry, 46, of Columbus, died when his white 2007 GMC Yukon hit the back end of a red Ford tractor-trailer hauling logs, according to a news release from Sgt. Criss Turnipseed, spokesman for Troop G of the Mississippi Highway Patrol.
Oktibbeha County Coroner Michael Hunt pronounced Gentry dead at the scene.
“(Gentry) ran in under the back of that truck,” said Kirk Rosenhan, Oktibbeha County fire services coordinator.
Three boys with Gentry, ages 6, 9 and 11, were injured and taken to OCH Regional Medical Center.
The 6 year old and 11 year old were then taken to UMMC Medical Center in Jackson, where they are listed in critical condition, Turnipseed said. The 9 year old remains at OCH with serious injuries.
“The GMC left the highway, entered the median and struck the cable barrier,” the news release said. “The log truck overturned in the highway. After the initial collision, a white 2002 Ford Mustang traveling west collided with the overturned log truck.”
Eddie Wooten, 59, of Starkville, was identified as the log truck driver. He was taken to OCH with minor injuries, Turnipseed said. Charlie Rogers, 55, of Starkville, was a log truck passenger and was uninjured.
Robert A. Lowe, 24, of Durant, drove the Mustang that hit the log truck after the initial crash, according to the report; he was also unhurt
Multiple emergency agencies were involved at the scene, with MHP in overall charge. The accident remains under investigation by MHP.