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Two killed in two-vehicle accident south of Natchez

Ben Hillyer | The Natchez Democrat — Mississippi Highway Patrol officer Shon Jones takes pictures of the accident scene during the investigation after Tuesday's wreck.
Ben Hillyer | The Natchez Democrat — Mississippi Highway Patrol officer Shon Jones takes pictures of the accident scene during the investigation after Tuesday’s wreck.

NATCHEZ — Two Natchez men were killed Tuesday in a two-car accident at the intersection of U.S. 61 South and Douglas Road.

Walter L. Havard, 44, and Timothy S. Collier, 38, died after a 2008 Ford truck, driven by John D. White, 25, of Natchez, collided with the 2000 Chevrolet truck driven by Havard, Mississippi Highway Patrol Sgt. Rusty Boyd said.

Havard, who was traveling south on U.S. 61 just after 3 p.m., appeared to have failed to yield as he turned into the median crossover in an attempt to drive onto Douglas Road, Boyd said.

The front of the Ford hit the right side of the Chevrolet, causing the Chevrolet to flip over off the side of the road, Boyd said.

Havard, who Boyd said was wearing his seat belt, died on the way to Natchez Regional Medical Center.

Adams County Coroner James Lee pronounced Collier dead at the scene.

“It’s on top of my list as one of the worst wrecks I’ve ever seen,” Lee said. “It was very traumatic. I just feel sorry for all those involved, and my heart goes out to everybody involved.”

Micheal T. Logan, 26, and Cody D. Snelson, 23, both of Natchez, were passengers in White’s truck and uninjured in the wreck, Boyd said.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

Highway patrolmen, Adams County Sheriff’s deputies, the Natchez Fire Department and other emergency personnel responded to the scene.