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Weekend Crash Kills One

This Yalobusha General Hospital ambulance was responding to a medical call in Oakland when witnesses reported the Chrysler car (below) pulled out in front of it.

By David Howell

OAKLAND – A Coffeeville woman was killed in an early morning accident Saturday after the vehicle in which she was riding in collided with an ambulance. The accident occurred on County Road 211 near Oakland.

    Viola Farmer, 46, was killed in the two-vehicle accident that occurred between 3:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., according to Yalobusha Coroner Ronnie Stark.

    Deputy Coroner Debbie Jackson, who worked the accident, pronounced Farmer dead at the scene. Sheriff Lance Humphreys reported that Farmer was one of three occupants in the car when it collided with the ambulance.             

    Humphreys added that multiple witnesses reported the car pulled out in front of the ambulance, which was responding to a medical call in Oakland at the time of the accident.

    Neither the driver or the paramedic in the ambulance were injured.

    “They both were able to get out and administer medical treatment to the occupants of the other vehicle,” Stark reported.

    The Dodge car was driven by Timothy Booker, who was transported to Tri-Lakes Medical Center before being air-lifted to the Regional Medical Center in Memphis. Booker remains at the Memphis hospital in critical condition. The third occupant in the vehicle was treated and released shortly after the accident, Stark told the Herald.

    “The accident remains under investigation,” the sheriff added.

    After the accident, two ambulances were dispatched to the scene, one coming from Water Valley and the second coming from Tri-Lakes Medical Center in Batesville, according to Stark.

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