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Two people injured in wreck

LAUREN WOOD / THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT — A totaled SUV involved in an accident with an 18-wheeler gets lifted by a tow truck Thursday night at the light near the entrance of Walmart in Natchez. Both drivers were transported to Natchez Regional Medical Center.

NATCHEZ — Two people were taken to the hospital after an SUV and an 18-wheeler collided at the red light beside Walmart Thursday night.

Natchez Police Detective Jerry Ford said the driver of the 18-wheeler, Howard Levy, reported that the SUV driver, Michael Muhammad, ran the red light coming out of Walmart.

Ford said Levy reported that he was going about 20-30 mph and could not stop in time to avoid hitting Muhammad.

Muhammad was taken to Natchez Regional Medical Center, where he received stitches for a head injury, Ford said. Hospital staff, Ford said, wanted to transport Muhammad to Jackson, but Muhammad refused.

Levy was taken to NRMC with non-life-threatening injuries.