RIENZI – A Booneville woman was dead and two other people were

RIENZI – A Booneville woman was dead and two other people were in serious condition in a Memphis hospital following a head-on collision early Friday in Alcorn County.

Debra Heathcock, 38, died in the accident that occurred about 12:30 a.m. Friday on County Road 409, about a mile north of Rienzi.

Dennis Shadburn, age unavailable, of Booneville, who was driving Heathcock’s car, was in the Regional Medical Center in Memphis Friday night. He had been transported from Magnolia Hospital in Corinth where he was taken immediately after the accident.

The driver of the other vehicle, Nicki Gooch, age unavailable, also of Booneville, was in the Elvis Presley Trauma Center in the Regional Medical Center in Memphis.

The accident was still under investigation by the Alcorn County Sheriff’s Department. The jaws of life had to be used to free the victims from the wreckage, said Rienzi Fire Chief James Reed.

Cynthia M. Jeffries

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