Monday highway crash claims Booneville man

TIPPAH COUNTY — Tommy Hargett, 42, of Booneville, died following a traffic wreck on Miss. 4 east of Ripley Monday afternoon. Hargett was in the rear seat of the small westbound vehicle when it ran off the south side of the road about 3:30 p.m. He was ejected from the vehicle during the crash. A helicopter from Air-Evac in Batesville and a helicopter from Care Flight in Tupelo were dispatched to the scene; Each transported one victim to North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Hargett was transported by ambulance to Tippah County Hospital. A helicopter from Air- Evac of Jackson, Tenn., enroute to the crash site, was diverted to the hospital and picked up Hargett. The man died shortly after the helicopter lifted off from the Tippah hospital, according to Tippah County Coroner David Hubbard. The other victims were still alive Tuesday. None of the other victims were believed to be from this area. Efforts to learn their identities Tuesday weren’t successful.

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