A sudden afternoon thunderstorm brought a trio of crashes Thursday, including one involving a Corinth police officer responding to another traffic accident.

The officer was responding a report of a crash at Cantrell Road and Mississippi Highway 2 around 2 p.m. Thursday when he lost control as he exited from U.S. Highway 72 to U.S. Highway 45 north and rolled his Chevrolet Tahoe police cruiser.

Corinth Police Chief Ralph Dance said the officer, who suffered only minor injuries, hit a dip at the end of the exit filled with water from the rain shower, which caused the rear end of the vehicle to slide before rolling several times. Dance said there have been at least two other crashes at the same location over the years involving police vehicles hitting the same dip.

No one was injured in the crash at Cantrell Road in which the officer was responding.

Just minutes later, Corinth police were responding to a three-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 72 in front of Cracker Barrel.

Although there were no serious injuries reported in the crash, air bags deployed on drivers inside an SUV and another vehicle which left the highway and caught fire.

Corinth Police Department First Responders, two Corinth Police Department units and two ambulances from Magnolia EMS were dispatched to the scene about 2:15 p.m. Thursday.

Police had to direct traffic around a closed westbound lane of the highway for about an hour.

An SUV rear ended an 18-wheeler transporting no trailer, then the SUV was rear ended by a third vehicle.

Firefighters quickly put out the vehicle fire. The accident remains under investigation by the Corinth Police Department.

Daily Corinthian Editor Mark Boehler contributed to this story.

Banner Independent Editor

Managing editor of the Daily Corinthian’s sister newspaper, Booneville’s Banner-Independent, Brant Sappington has been a member of the Daily Corinthian family since 2001.

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