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Two firefighters killed, another injured, while directing traffic at accident scene


The driver that was reportedly involved in a hit and run that killed two Mississippi volunteer firefighters has been identified, according to Lamar County officials.

31-year-old Brandon Chance Eaton has been charged with hit-and-run and causing death, with other charges possibly pending, depending on the outcome of the investigation.

Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel informed WDAM that a blood test warrant has been signed off on.

The fatal wreck took place Wednesday evening when two volunteer firefighters, 80-year-old Alvin Beasley and 53-year-old Loretta Ann Sykes were hit after Eaton’s truck veered onto a road, striking the them along with another firefighter. Sykes and Beasley were pronounced dead on the scene, while the third firefighter was taken to the hospital for injuries.

Officials say the firefighters were helping direct traffic following an earlier accident. Eaton was found six miles from the scene of the hit-and-run.

“We just ask for the people to pray for these families that lost these two fine individuals,” Lamar County Supervisor Dale Lucus said. “You couldn’t ask for better volunteer firefighters, they were always were willing to make any call day or night.”


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