RIPLEY - A two-vehicle wreck early Thursday morning in Tippah County claimed the life of a Walnut man.

Mississippi Highway Patrol troopers responded to Highway 4 east of Ripley around 6 a.m. Oct. 1. The initial investigation showed a motorcycle had collided with an 18-wheeler on near County Road 534.

Billy S. Barnes, 41, of Walnut, was traveling east on a 2020 Harley Davidson motorcycle and struck the rear of the trailer as the 18-wheeler was entering the highway from a private drive.

Barnes was pronounced dead from injuries sustained in the crash by the Tippah County medical examiners. The truck driver was not injured.


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