A violent crash outside Centreville killed a Florence man and trapped two other people inside an overturned pickup truck on Friday, according to a Mississippi Highway Patrol spokesman.

Craig James said troopers arrived to the scene of the crash at the intersection of highways 48 and 24 just after 7 p.m.

They found two badly damaged vehicles, a 2013 Ford F-150 pickup truck driven by Matthew L. Roberts, 29, of Marrero, La., and occupied by an unidentified person, and a 1998 Chevrolet S-10 pickup driven by Grady J. Martin, 58, of Biloxi.

George H. Westcott, 80, of Florence, a passenger in the Chevrolet, died in the accident.

Roberts went by ambulance to Field Health System in Centreville and Martin went by ambulance to a Baton Rouge hospital, James said. Roberts’ passenger didn’t require hospitalization.  

James said the S-10 was southbound on Highway 24 at the intersection with 48 when it collided with the westbound Ford F-150, causing the Chevrolet pickup truck to overturn.

Liberty Rural Volunteer Fire Department Chief Grant McCurley said Centreville firefighters requested his department’s assistance in freeing several trapped motorists from the Ford F-150 using the Jaws of Life.

No charges have been filed in the incident.

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your story is incorrect The chevy truck was a full size not a s-10 it was traveling east on 24 and struck by the ford traveling west on 48. this was my brothers truck that was hit by the ford


There are many inconsistencies in this article. Out of respect for the deceased and those injured, the story should be retracted until the investigation is complete.

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