A Natchez Trace Parkway crash – one of two happening Thursday night into early Friday – claimed the life of a Booneville man and led to several being hospitalized.

Jermaine Terrel, 37, was dead at the scene after being extricated from his vehicle, according to the National Park Service. The three-vehicle crash happened about 8:30 p.m. in the Tupelo area near Milepost 261.

The park service said it appears Terrell’s vehicle crossed the center line and struck a southbound vehicle with two occupants, causing the southbound vehicle to roll. A second southbound vehicle with two occupants then broadsided Terrel’s vehicle, in which he was the only occupant.

The second crash, occurring about 12:50 a.m., also involved a Booneville driver. Christina Hair, 31, was taken to North Mississippi Medical Center for evaluation. The park service said the crash happened near Milepost 258 in the Tupelo area when her vehicle left the roadway, coming to rest in a ditch.

The fatality is the third on the Trace in the Tupelo area in 2020.

“Almost 90 percent of our fatal crashes occur from drivers leaving their travel lane,” said District Ranger John Hearne. “Drivers need to give the Parkway their undivided attention and be on alert for other drivers.”

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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