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Wreck Injures Three

Paul Burney, Mike Martin and Bubba Ealy were injured in a Monday morning vehicle crash north of Coffeeville. Burney is the brother of Yalobusha County Circuit Clerk Daryl Burney (top photo, holding cell phone). County Supervisors Bubba Tillman (right foreground) and George Suggs along with others stopped to offer assistance and comfort the victims. – Photos by Jack Gurner

By Jack Gurner

COFFEEVILLE– Three men were injured when their vehicle and an 18-wheeler crashed on Hwy. 7 just north of Coffeeville Monday morning.

The victims are Paul Burney, Mike Martin and Bubba Ealy. Burney and Ealy were transported by ambulance from the accident scene while Martin was air-lifted to the hospital.

Their injuries are said to be less serious than initially reported and include broken ribs, cuts and bruises.

Burney, manager of Burney Farms and brother of Yalobusha County Circuit Clerk Daryl Burney, was headed northbound on Hwy. 7 when the crash occurred. He was driving a Ford F-150 pick-up truck and pulling a livestock trailer.

Burney was turning right onto a side road when his vehicle was hit on the right side by an Easton Express 18-wheel transport driven by Charles Buck of Oxford. Buck was hauling a load of oriented strand board (OSB) from Grenada to Oxford.

The accident is under investigation, according to Sergeant Leslie White of the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

Just a few hours later, Justin Cain, 31, of Flora was killed on Hwy. 9W about three miles south of the intersection with Hwy. 7 in Lafayette County.

Cain was killed when his 1995 Land Rover left the highway near County Road 3020 and he was thrown from the vehicle, Sergeant White said.

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