BRANDON, Miss. — Three people were killed in a fiery accident on Thursday, June 21, after an 18 wheeler collided with a pick-up truck on the I-20 in Brandon, MS. The city of Brandon is located about 15 miles east of Jackson, MS.
The accident occurred at about 6:45 p.m. when a Chevy pickup truck traveling east on I-20 near exit 56 crossed the median and crashed head on into the semi-truck in the westbound lanes, causing both vehicles to burst into flames.
Brandon police said that all three people in the Chevy were pronounced dead on the scene. Police say the three victims could not be identified due to their bodies being badly burned. The pickup was registered to someone in the Star area.
Brandon Police assistant chief Chris Butts identified the 18-wheeler driver as Bryan Allen Freudeman of Frisco, Texas. Freudeman was taken to a local hospital where he was listed in good condition.
The cleanup process was slow due to the nature of the load the big rig was carrying.
“The truck was hauling a product approximately 12 totes, 2,000 pounds each of a liquid,” Brandon Fire Chief Rob Martin said. “We determined it was 80 percent water and 20 percent ammonium sulfate. That’s a very low hazard, but we had to determine that before we could actually go in and begin doing anything.”
On Saturday, June 23, WLBT revealed the identities of the three victims. The victims were identified as Michael Monroe Lewis, 42, Janice Ann Vancleave, 53, and Christopher Austin Kirkland, 19, all of Braxton.
The incident remains under investigation at this time.
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