A Prentiss County man lost his life in one of a series of fatal crashes in rural areas of Alcorn County during the past week.

Sheriff Ben Caldwell said a Saturday morning crash claimed the life of Christopher Dale Gatlin, 58. His address on record was in Booneville, but it appears he had most recently lived in the Jumpertown area, according to Coroner Jay Jones.

The crash happened about 10:45 Saturday morning on County Road 522 in the Wheeler Grove area south of Corinth. Caldwell said it appears Gatlin ran off the left side of the roadway and overcorrected, causing the truck to spin. The truck then left the right side of the road and flipped, partially ejecting the driver, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

It was the third tragedy on Alcorn County roads within five days, and the sheriff is asking drivers to keep safety in mind. With springtime, the downturn in COVID and the return of some events, people appear to be out in larger numbers.

“At least three families this week have lost loved ones,” he said. “We don’t know all of the reasons for what caused all of these, but we would just ask everybody to slow down, focus on the road and stay safe.”

The other two crashes were head-on collisions. The first, on Tuesday, April 27, happened about 7:45 a.m. on County Road 604 at the intersection with Road 614 and claimed the life of Jennifer Denise Ross, 34, of Corinth. She had dropped off her children at school in Kossuth and was on her way to work.

Another on Friday resulted in the death of Hunter Thomas Shaw, 19, of County Road 333. It happened on Salem Road about 7 miles south of Highway 72 and resulted in both vehicles catching fire. Shaw died early Saturday at Regional One in Memphis.

Staff Writer

Jebb Johnston is a 1991 Alcorn Central High School graduate and a 1995 Ole Miss journalism graduate. His primary beats are city and county government.

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