KEMPER COUNTY, Miss. (WLBT) - Eight people were killed in a crash early Monday morning in Kemper County.
MHP released the names of the victims Wednesday morning.
Andy West of the Highway Patrol says the eight men killed were Guillermo Lugo, Francisco Lugo, David Lugo, Luis Lugo, Macario Peregrino, Jose Maldonedo, Arnulfo Martinez and Jose Barrera. The Lugos were brothers. All of the deceased lived in Macon, Mississippi.
Both drivers survived. The van driver was Alejandro Resendiz, also of Macon. The driver of the truck was Steven McKinney of Goodhope, Alabama. The men’s ages were not released.
According to Sheriff James Moore, a box truck and passenger van hit each other head-on at 3:16 a.m. on Highway 16 just east of Scooba. The crash happened near Lovers Lane Road.
In an interview with the Associated Press on the road shoulder near the crash site, Alejandro Estrejo Resendiz said he was driving the passenger van.
According to the AP, Resendiz said he was in his lane and tried to avoid the truck, but could not.
He added that the crash happened on a curve near a small bridge while the group of workers in the van drove to Monroeville, Alabama, for jobs cutting trees. The truck reportedly pushed the van backward into the guardrail, where it stopped.
Mississippi Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.