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Three children died in Madison County crash Saturday night



The scene on I-55 last night. Photo from the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

Three young children died in a crash with an 18-wheeler Saturday night, Dec. 14.

The children were two girls, ages 1 and 8 years, and a boy, 6.

The crash occurred on Interstate 55 in Madison County north of Canton. The victims were traveling in a Nissan Altima.

Three survivors were transported to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson with non-life-threatening injuries, reports WLBT. They include a 6-month-old infant and two adults: Kegela Landfair, 27, and Angela Pepper, 59. Landfair and Pepper are from Pickens, Miss.

Master Sargeant Eric Henry with the Mississippi Highway Patrol told WLBT that the truck and the Altima were both driving northbound in the right lane when the truck hit the back of the car, sending it into the guardrail. The car was traveling slower than the speed limit of 70 mph due to tire pressure issues, Henry said.

The driver of the 18-wheeler was not injured.

The accident is under investigation.


Single vehicle crash sends local man to hospital



Photo by Thomas Parker

A local man was injured after crashing into a pole Sunday morning.

Vicksburg EMS/Fire and Police were dispatched to a single vehicle crash on Mission 66 near its intersection with Military Avenue at around 7:30 Sunday morning.

The vehicle left the roadway striking a utility pole.

The driver was transported by Vicksburg Fire Medic 40 to UMMC for treatment.  His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

The investigation into this accident is ongoing.

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Fire at Cato Fashions Saturday evening



(photo by Thomas Parker)

Vicksburg firefighters were called to a fire at Cato Fashions, 2184 Iowa Blvd., Saturday around 6:30 p.m. near the Walmart Supercenter.

Firefighter checks the HVAC vents. (photo by Thomas Parker)

First reports say smoke could be seen coming from the vents, and firefighters are checking the HVAC system for problems. The situation seems well under control.

The store has been evacuated as are staff and customers in nearby stores. There are no reports of injuries.

Numerous Vicksburg fire and police units have responded including Engines 7 and 8, Ladder 15, Rescue, Fire Medic 80 and Battalion 1 (Tim Love).

The Vicksburg Daily News will provide updates as we receive them.

See our live, on-the-scene report on our Facebook page.


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Mississippi native elected as Harvard student body president



(photo courtesy Noah Harris)

A Mississippi high school graduate has been elected as Harvard University’s student body president.

Noah Harris, a 2018 graduate of Oak Grove High School in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, is the first African American to serve in the role at prestigious Harvard University in Massachusetts.

“I’m really grateful that the student body is entrusting me with such a historic and unprecedented moment,” Harris told WDAM. “To make the right moves and to really bring their voices to the forefront. I just never expected that I would be in a position to run for this.”

Harris is a junior and a political science major at Harvard. He served as treasurer on the finance committee in his first two years. His vice president and running mate is neuroscience major Jenny Gan. Both plan on making a difference at the university.

Harris and Gan will be sworn in Dec. 6.

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