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Six young adults killed in Mississippi highway crash

WIGGINS, Miss. (AP) - Six people are dead and two more are injured after a tractor-trailer rig and an extended cab pickup truck collided early this morning in rural Stone County.

Chief Deputy Jimmy Green said the tractor-trailer rig was empty at the time of the crash around 3:30 on Mississippi Highway 26 west of Wiggins.

Mississippi Highway Patrol spokesman Joe Gazzo says the dead and injured were in their late teens or early 20s. He identified the victims as Brittany and Carlee Jordan, sisters from Ocean Springs; and William Thompson, Richard O'Barr, Josh Bozeman and Candace Newman, all of Biloxi.

The injured were identified as Chris Rutland and Allen Martell, both of Biloxi. They were first taken to Stone County Hospital, then moved to Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg. No information is available on their conditions.

Two of those killed were students at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College -- one from the Perkinston campus and one from the Jackson County campus. Three other victims were former students at the school.

Green said the tractor-trailer was traveling west on Mississippi 26 when it collided with the pickup that had pulled onto the roadway from old Highway 26.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was not seriously injured.

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