18-wheeler driver killed in Lincoln County wreck

Published 2:00 pm Thursday, May 27, 2021

The driver of a 2009 Volvo tractor-trailer was killed in an early morning wreck Thursday inside Lincoln County.

At approximately 4:30 a.m., Mississippi Highway Patrol Troop M troopers responded to a crash on I-55 northbound at mile marker 26.

An 18-wheeler transfer truck driven by 72-year-old John Tuten, of Brandon, and a 2001 Toyota Camry Solar driven by Rebecca Veaughn, 22, of Ocean Springs, were traveling north. The vehicles made contact, according to Cpl. Craig James, causing the tractor-trailer to leave the roadway and collide with several trees.

Tuten received fatal injuries and was pronounced dead on the scene by Lincoln County Coroner Clay McMorris. His body was transported to Ott & Lee Funeral Home in Brandon.

The crash remains under investigation, James said.