Runaway truck kills 2 in Tupelo

09061320 Semi truck accidentBy JB Clark
Daily Journal

TUPELO – A young Shannon mother and her 2-year-old daughter were killed Friday when a semitrailer rolled down Mitchell Road Extended, across South Gloster Street and then into their car, pushing it into Acceptance Auto Insurance.

Olidia Acosta, 20, of Shannon, and daughter Vianett Castillo were waiting for a family member in their vehicle in the Acceptance Auto Insurance parking lot when the truck rolled over their vehicle and into the storefront between 10:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., according to Lee County Coroner Carolyn Green and the Tupelo Police Department.

They were pronounced dead on the scene of the accident.

No one was in the semitrailer.

Tupelo Police Lt. Tim Clouse said the person driving the semitrailer parked it on Mitchell Road Extended where something happened, causing the truck to roll away.

“At the time, we’re still looking into (what happened) and it could be a combination of things,” Clouse said. “Right now we aren’t pressing criminal charges against the person who was driving the truck before parking it on the side of the road.”

Clouse said the vehicle crushed by the semitrailer was a Chevy HHR.

Emergency crews worked for more than an hour to lift the semitrailer off the vehicle, using two tow trucks, and extricate the two people from the HHR.

Building owner Jim Garrison said one employee of Acceptance, the company leasing the building from him, was in the building at the time of the crash but was unharmed.

“She said the truck came within six to eight feet from her desk,” Garrison said. “She didn’t know what happened and said she crawled out screaming.”

Clouse said the investigation into the crash is still ongoing.

jb.clark@journalinc.com

  • Beauregard Rippy

    Is there a security camera video of the crash?

  • 1941641

    Are we to assume the truck rolled down Mitchell Ext., across S.Closter St. ( a heavily-traveled area), rammed into the rear of the victims car sitting in front of an office building, and ultimately pushing the car into the office building killing the mother and daughter trapped inside? And, no one knows the identity of the truck driver or the truck’s owner? Very puzzling?

    • barney fife

      Nowhere does the article indicate that the identity of the driver & owner are unknown.
      Operator error. If the air brake did not work, shut it down & leave it in gear. Put a log in front of a tire.