4 people now dead due to cold temps, wintery conditions in Mississippi

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Two additional weather-related deaths have been reported across Mississippi, bringing the total of fatalities caused by the arctic cold blast to four.

According to the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), the first death happened during a car accident in Humphreys County on Sunday. Around 8 p.m., a man was killed on the side of Highway 49 near the Will Whittington Auxiliary Channel Bridge when he was assessing damage to his vehicle.

The victim, whose identity has not yet been released, was struck by a white Ford F-250. The truck then fled, and the driver has not yet been taken into custody. Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

“Obviously, with the announced fatality that occurred in north Mississippi a couple of days ago, that was a tragic reminder of the seriousness of what we’re dealing with from a weather standpoint,” Gov. Tate Reeves said. “We certainly want to make sure that everyone across the state is careful.”

The second weather-related death took place in Sharkey County after 32-year-old Stefan Thompson’s body was found in a field at an elementary school in Rolling Fork. The victim, who had been staying with relatives, is said to have gone for a walk before dying from hypothermia.

Since then, MEMA has reported two more deaths, with one occurring in Chickasaw County and another on Highway 15 near Houston.

Additional information about the two new deaths has not been released at this time. Keep up with your local forecast by clicking here.

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