UPDATE: Ga. motorhome wrecks in Miss.; 1 dies, 11 injured

By The Associated Press

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — A motorhome bound for a college football championship game in New Orleans went off Interstate 59 in southern Mississippi and struck a tree, killing one person and injuring 10 others.

WDAM-TV reports (http://bit.ly/x5O9Hh ) that the motorhome from Georgia was carrying 13 passengers when it left the interstate around 4:30 p.m. just north of the Evelyn Gandy parkway exit. Some interstate lanes were blocked as the injured were transported by ground and air to local hospitals.

Forrest County Coroner Butch Benedict told The Associated Press late Saturday there had been one fatality, an Atlanta-area man. He was withholding his name pending notification of next of kin. He said at least one other person was critically injured.

He said the group was traveling in a rented recreational vehicle from the Atlanta area.

Highway Patrol spokesman Cpl. Todd Miller told the Hattiesburg American that a tire blew on the recreational vehicle. He said two people were ejected.

Miller did not immediately return a call from The Associated Press.

Officials said the group was apparently traveling to the Bowl Championship Series national championship game, which will be played Monday in New Orleans.

The extent of the injuries was not immediately known Saturday evening.


10:30PM HATTIESBURG — Eleven people were injured, four critically, when a motorhome bound for a college football championship game in New Orleans went off Interstate 59 in southern Mississippi and struck a tree.

WDAM-TV reports that the motorhome from Georgia was carrying 13 passengers when it left the interstate around 4:30 p.m. just north of the Evelyn Gandy parkway exit. Some interstate lanes were blocked as the injured were transported by ground and air to local hospitals.

Officials said the group was apparently traveling to the Bowl Championship Series national championship game, which will be played Monday in New Orleans.

The extent of the injuries was not immediately known Saturday evening.