MHP: 3 children dead in 18-wheeler involved crash


UPDATE: 12/16/2019 11:01 a.m.

MADISON COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) – The Mississippi Highway Patrol said the 2005 Nissan Altima, involved in the deadly crash on I-55 in Madison County, was driven by 27-year-old Kegela Landfair of Pickens. The driver reportedly told troopers the vehicle was traveling at a low rate of speed due to low air pressure in a tire.

A 2018 Freightliner tractor-trailer, that was driving by 48-year-old Joe Turnage of Olive Branch, was also traveling on I-55. The 18-wheeler collided with the rear of the Nissan Altima, causing the car to leave the road and collide with a guard rail.

Three children in the Nissan Altima were all pronounced dead at the scene. The victims are 8-year-old Kambreonna Brown, 6-year-old Jayden Pepper, and 1-year-old Anoni Johnson.

Landfair, along with passengers 59-year-old Angela Pepper and 6-month-old Aneatra Johnson, were all transported to UMMC with injuries. Turnage was not injured in the crash.

The crash remains under investigation by MHP.

UPDATE: 12/15/2019 2:41 p.m.

MADISON COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) – The children killed in the crash have been identified as 6-year-old Jayden Peppers, 8-year-old Kambreonna Brown, and 1-year-old Anomie Johnson.

Troopers said 6-month-old Aneatra Johnson was only injured in the crash.

The accident is still under investigation. 

The Mississippi Highway Patrol is investigating a crash that killed three children Saturday night.

The crash happened along I-55 North at the 122 mile-marker just north of Canton. Troopers said a black Nissan Altima was traveling north and was struck from behind by an 18-wheeler.

Troopers said there were a total of six people in the car. A one-year-old girl, a six-year-old boy, and an eight-year-old girl sitting in the back seat were killed in the crash.

Troopers said a six-month-old girl was also in the back seat during the wreck. She along with the driver, 27-year-old Kegela Landfair, and the front passenger, 59-year-old Angela Peppers were taken to the University of Mississippi Medical Center with injuries.

Master Sgt. Eric Henry said the Nissan Altima may have been driving under 70 miles per hour when the collision took place.

Henry said the Altima may have been driving slower due to low tire pressure. The 18-wheeler was reportedly owned by Kroger out of Memphis, Tennessee. Troopers said the driver of the truck was not hurt.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

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