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Two die in Hwy. 84 collision

Two Smithdale family members were killed and a third hurtTuesday evening when their truck was hit by a log truck on Highway84, authorities said.

Charles Maxwell, 39, and his mother, Gracie Case Maxwell, 65,were killed. They were passengers in a 1986 Jeep Comanche driven byPaul Maxwell, 43. The Jeep was struck by a 2004 Peterbiltcommercial log truck, driven by Johnny Wallace, 56, of Brookhaven,shortly before 6 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 84 and EchoLane, said Sgt. Rod Crawford, spokesman for the Mississippi HighwayPatrol.

Crawford said Paul Maxwell failed to yield the right of waywhile attempting to cross the eastbound lane of Highway 84. Theaccident happened about six miles west of Interstate 55.

Charles Maxwell, who was riding in the bed of the truck, whichhad a camper shell, was ejected during the collision, Crawfordsaid. Gracie Maxwell was wearing her seat belt on the passengerside.

“The position she was occupying took the brunt of the crash,”Crawford said.

Charles Maxwell and Gracie Case Maxwell were pronounced dead atthe scene at 6:25 p.m., said Lincoln County Coroner-MedicalExaminer Clay McMorris.

Paul Maxwell was taken by ambulance to King’s Daughters MedicalCenter, and Wallace was carried to the hospital by privatevehicle.

Maxwell was admitted to the hospital and was listed in goodcondition. Wallace was treated and released.

The Brookhaven Fire Department’s Jaws of Life were called to thescene to assist in freeing Mrs. Maxwell after the vehicles wereseparated, said Assistant Chief Bob Watts. Firefighters were at thescene until 7:40 p.m.

Crawford said the accident report is pending toxicology testresults from the state Crime Lab.

Brookhaven Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements for CharlesMaxwell and Gracie Case Maxwell. Arrangements are incomplete.