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Sunday a.m. accident claims two

Two Pike County teens are dead and four are hospitalized at theUniversity of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson after a vehiclecrash on Interstate 55 in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Mississippi Highway Patrol Public Affairs Officer Sgt. RustyBoyd said the teens were all traveling southbound on I-55 in aHonda Accord when the vehicle left the road around the 32-milemarker around 1:15 a.m.

Amber Loup, 15, of 1091 Lauren Lane, and John Albritton, 14, of1036 Roberts Road, both in Summit, were pronounced dead on thescene, Lincoln County Coroner Clay McMorris said.

“They left the road and hit multiple trees before the vehicleflipped,” said Boyd.

The Brookhaven Fire Department used chainsaws to clear the treesand heavy foliage surrounding the car and the Jaws of Life toextract Loup and Albritton from the vehicle.

Serena Allen, 19, of Magnolia, and Dallas Bass, 14, of McComb,were both transported from the scene to King’s Daughters MedicalCenter. They were flown from KDMC by helicopter to UMC, where Allenis in fair condition and Bass is in good condition, hospitalofficials said.

William Woodall, 22, of McComb, was also taken to KDMC, andtransported to UMC where officials said he is also in faircondition.

Boyd said Justin Helton, 18, of McComb, was the driver. He wastaken to Southwest Mississippi Medical Center, and from there wasalso transferred to UMC with serious injuries, Boyd said. He is infair condition.

Boyd said the accident is still under investigation to determinethe cause and circumstances of the accident, but that it didn’tseem that any of the teens were wearing seatbelts.

“Based on what it looked like, they were probably traveling overthe speed limit,” Boyd said. “But even when we have officialfindings we may never know exactly why or how this happened.”

McMorris said Loup is the daughter of Angela and JakeBellipanni, of Summit, and Chad Loup of Summit. Jones FamilyFuneral Service in McComb is handling the arrangements, which areincomplete.

Albritton is the son of Mike Albritton, of Summit, and DeborahAlbritton, of Wesson. Visitation is Monday night from 5 until 8p.m. at Catchings Funeral Home in McComb, with funeral servicesTuesday at 3 p.m. at Johnston Chapel.