Man killed in crash

By Russell Hood

The Webster Progress-Times


The cause of Monday’s three-vehicle wreck that claimed the life of a Maben man and injured others remains under investigation by the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

Thomas Cass Johnson, 27, of Maben, was killed and three other men were injured in the mid-morning crash on Mississippi15 just north of U.S. 82 in Webster County.

The accident occurred when a northbound Nissan Maxima driven by Johnson collided with two southbound vehicles, according to Sgt. Criss Turnipseed of the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

The Maxima first sideswiped a black Ford Pickup driven by Terry Morgan, 62, of Maben before hitting head-on a gold Chevrolet Trailblazer driven by William Nolden, 61, of Maben, Turnipseed said in a release.

Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene by the Webster County coroner, according to the release. Passenger Jason Mann, 32, of Maben was airlifted to North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.

Nolden was transported to NMMC-Eupora before being airlifted to Tupelo with serious injuries. Morgan was taken to NMMC-Eupora and treated for moderate injuries.

As of Wednesday morning, Mann was listed in serious condition while Nolden was in critical condition.

Coroner Steve Wells said an autopsy was being performed on Johnson at the state Crime Lab in Jackson. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is handling arrangements.

The accident was reported to Webster 911 at 9:53 a.m. Responding agencies were the Mathiston and Maben fire departments, Webster County sheriff’s office, MHP, NMMC-Eupora Ambulance Service, NMMC’s CareFlight helicopter from Tupelo and Hospital Wing of Oxford’s helicopter.