3 killed, 3 injured in weekend accident

Published 11:19 am Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Three people have died and three others were injured as the result of an explosion at a Copiah County home north of Loyd Star.

Sheriff Byron Swilley said the incident happened Sunday afternoon at a home in the 3000 block of Wilderness Road. He said the cause of the explosion is under investigation, and the State Fire Marshal’s Office is assisting in the case.

Three people who were seriously injured were airlifted to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, one from the scene and two from Copiah County Medical Center, according to Emergency Management Director Scott Barnes.

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Loyd Star Volunteer Fire Department and Lincoln County Emergency Management Director Chris Reid were on scene assisting units there.

The fatalities — two teenagers and one adult — have not been officially identified by either the Copiah County Coroner’s Office or the State Fire Marshal’s Office.