Meadville woman dies in car crash

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, June 23, 2009

MEADVILLE — A Meadville woman died Saturday in a car crash on U.S. 84 in Franklin County.

Mary A. Wilkinson, 71, 5470 U.S. 98 East, was traveling eastbound near Clear Springs at 11:32 p.m. when her 2004 Dodge Intrepid ran off the road to the right side.

Wilkinson reportedly overcorrected, driving back into the eastbound lane, then back to the right. Her vehicle flipped, coming to rest upside down, a Mississippi Highway Patrol press release said.

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She was pronounced dead at the scene by Franklin County Coroner Percy Peeler.

Passenger Lannis Wilkinson, 74, 5470 U.S. 98 East, sustained severe injuries and was transported by ambulance to Franklin County Hospital.

Both women were wearing seat belts and airbags did deploy.

Both had to be extracted from the vehicle, and the jaws of life were used.