Man loses life in Saturday car accident

GREENWOOD SPRINGS – A Wren man died Saturday Feb. 16 as a result of a motor vehicle accident, according to a report from Monroe County Coroner Alan Gurley.

According to the report, Randal ‘Shawn’ Phillips, 42, was traveling on Highway 8 East in a 1999 Chevrolet truck until he failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection of highways 8 and 278.

Phillips struck a tree head on at 10:10 p.m. and was declared dead at the scene. Gurley reports the cause of death was from multiple trauma from the accident. According to the report, Phillips was not wearing a seatbelt and there were no other passengers in the vehicle.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.

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  • Michael

    Having been raised here, not more that 5 miles from that intersection I can say personally that there needs to be more visibility as to the end of the highway. Local people know the intersection well, but those travelling through our area do not have that luxury. A flashing light, a reflector bank, or something that would bring your attention to it before you get there. It wouldn’t hurt to have some notification that someone is exiting Hwy 8 onto Hwy 278 when you are travelling west from Greenwood Springs as well. That is a blind hill and an accident waiting to happen.

  • debbie

    How many people are going to give to die and get hurt for the road crews to do something about it.

  • David

    There are terrible accidents at this intersection all the time . The state really needs to put in rumble strips and red flashing lights . When it’s raining or foggy it’s almost impossible to know its coming up unless your familiar with the area .

  • Daphne

    This is ridiculous!! Why can’t speed bumps or flashing light be put up. To many people have lost their lives there.

  • Angela Phillips

    I just want 2 say that the man “SHAWN PHILLIPS” that was n the accident Feb. 16th was my brother n law & I TOTALLY agree that something needs 2 b done @ that intersection!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Its a shame that there has been so many wrecks there & nobodys done anything 2 prevent them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!