Three people were killed in a two-vehicle crash Friday afternoon in New Albany, according to Police Chief Chris Robertson.
Union County Coroner Pam Boman said Christopher Alex Hogue, 16, and Christopher D. Wooten, 16, both of Ripley, were pronounced deceased at the scene. They were in the same vehicle.
A third victim, Jason Bradley Davidson, 49, of Corinth, died at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo on Friday night, Boman said. Davidson was the passenger in the other vehicle, which was driven by Matt McKinney of New Albany.
McKinney was listed in good condition at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo on Monday afternoon.
The wreck occurred around 4:45 p.m. on Davis Road, and the vehicles collided head-on.
Robertson said this was one of the “most horrific” wrecks that the police department has responded to in a “long time.”
“I can tell you it's one of the worst I've seen in my career,” said Robertson. “It's kind of unusual to have a fatality accident in the city limits of New Albany.”
The vehicle with the 16-year-old children was headed south, and the other vehicle was going north when the collision occurred.
McKinney's vehicle was on fire when emergency responders arrived on scene, Robertson said. The blaze was extinguished “quickly and professionally” by firefighters, he added. McKinney's life was saved thanks to the quick action of the fire department, said Robertson.
The flames were in the engine compartment, not in the cabin of the vehicle, Robertson said. No one would have been saved if the flames had reached the cabin of the car, the police chief said.
“The fire department did exceptionally well,” Robertson said. “Had they not acted as quickly as they did on the front end, we wouldn't have been able to save anybody.”