Tenn. man killed in accident

Published 5:00 am Monday, June 1, 2009

A Tennessee man was killed Monday morning in a one-vehicleaccident in Walthall County, Mississippi Highway Patrol officialssaid.

Highway Patrol Public Affairs Officer Sgt. Rusty Boyd saidTravis Eric Mixon, 22, of Newport, Tenn., was pronounced dead onthe scene of a one-vehicle accident that occurred in Monday’s earlyhours on Highway 98.

Boyd said Mixon was driving a 2004 Nissan Maxima eastbound onHighway 98 when it appears he lost control of the vehicle.

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“He ran off the south shoulder and the vehicle struck Mt. OliveRoad and became airborne,” Boyd said. “The vehicle flipped and thedriver was ejected.”

Boyd said Mixon was not wearing a sea tbelt at the time of theaccident, which occurred west of Tylertown at Mesa Mt. Olive Roadat 1:24 a.m.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation, Boydsaid.