A Calhoun Community woman died in a head-on collision of SUVs on Highway 29 North, just south of the intersection with Highway 84, around mid-morning Monday.
Edythe Lynn Lofton, 79, was transported from the scene by EMServ Ambulance and pronounced dead at South Central Regional Medical Center. She was northbound in a Buick Rainier when a southbound Nissan Pathfinder crossed over into her lane and struck her SUV head-on in the northbound lane, it appears.
Volunteer firefighters had to use hydraulic tools to remove the driver of the Nissan, 24-year-old Lacey Nobles of Petal. She and her passenger, 28-year-old Daniel Alan Brooks of Hattiesburg, were also transported by EMServ to SCRMC for treatment o what were described as moderate injuries.
Volunteers from Calhoun, Soso and two from Powers who were in the area responded along with Jones County Fire Coordinator Dan McKenna, the Jones County Sheriff’s Department and Wayne Black of the Jones County District Attorney’s Office.
The Mississippi Highway Patrol is investigating the cause of the accident. Traffic was shut down for more than an hour during rescue and recovery, then cleanup by the Mississippi Department of Transportation.
Sources with knowledge of the case say that Nobles had a warrant for her arrest in Pearl River County and a substance that was believed to be marijuana was found in the vehicle.
“All evidence will have to be processed per policy and procedures,” MHP Public Information Officer Travis Luck said. “As the investigation continues, factual information will be released.”