A Glen fireman works to keep the flames extinguished in the front end of a pickup truck after a head-on collision on Salem Road Friday afternoon.

It’s been a tough week on the rural roads of Alcorn County.

For the second time in four days, the Sheriff’s Department was on the scene of a major head-on collision Friday afternoon, this time on Salem Road about 7 miles south of Highway 72.

“We don’t need another one of these,” Sheriff Ben Caldwell said as he surveyed the damage while a Glen fireman sprayed more water onto the charred front end of a pickup truck.

Both vehicles caught fire after the crash, which happened in a curve in front of house 548 before 2 p.m.

Thomas Hunter Shaw, 19, of County Road 333, was airlifted from the Hurricane Creek Grocery for injuries that appeared to be serious, Caldwell said. He was the driver of a Ford Edge which caught fire after the impact. Douglas Eric Smith is credited with pulling him from the vehicle.

At some point, the truck also caught fire. Its occupants – Brandon David Harnage, 35, of Mount Mills Road, Tuscumbia, Ala., and Jennifer N. Harnage, 41, of the same address – were taken from the scene by ambulance.

The wreck occurred in one of the many curvy spots of Salem Road, and Caldwell said he could only speculate that one of the drivers may have had trouble navigating the curve.

On Tuesday, the Sheriff’s Department investigated a head-on crash on County Road 604 that resulted in one fatality.

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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