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Natchez man dies after auto accident

JAY SOWERS | THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT An Air Evac Lifeteam helicopter sits in the westbound lanes of U.S. 84 before transporting Natchez resident John Buckles to Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria, La. After Buckles was involved in a multi-car accident on on Saturday evening.
JAY SOWERS | THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT
An Air Evac Lifeteam helicopter sits in the westbound lanes of U.S. 84 before transporting Natchez resident John Buckles to Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria, La. After Buckles was involved in a multi-car accident on on Saturday evening.

NATCHEZ — A 91-year-old Natchez man died from injuries he sustained Saturday night after his truck was struck from behind on U.S. 84 and flipped into a ditch.

Mississippi Highway Patrol Sgt. Rusty Boyd said John H. Buckles was traveling westbound in the right lane on U.S. 84 at approximately 7:23 p.m. near the Adams County Correctional Center when his vehicle was struck from behind by Cameron Collier, 34, of Natchez.

When Collier’s 2004 Chevrolet pickup struck Buckles’ 1991 Chevrolet pickup truck, Buckles’ truck was knocked off the road and landed upside down at the bottom of the hill on the right side of the road, Boyd said.

Buckles was airlifted from the scene and died en route to an Alexandria hospital, Boyd said.

Collier was not injured in the wreck, Boyd said.

Alexis Harris, 29, who was a passenger in Collier’s truck, was taken by ambulance to Natchez Community Hospital with minor injuries, Boyd said.

Collier was charged with driving under the influence causing death at 10 p.m. Saturday night.

MHP, ACSO, the Natchez Fire Department, the Air Evac Lifeteam and other emergency personnel responded to the wreck.