A young man is dead after his vehicle crashed on Gallatin Road about 2 miles west of Hazlehurst on Friday morning.
Law enforcement authorities verified that Paul Short, age 18, of Hazlehurst, was killed when the Chevrolet Suburban he was driving west towards Highway 28 veered left into an embankment then struck a tree. Rescue personnel were called to the scene and used the Jaws of Life to pry open the driver’s side door so they could reach the victim. Coroner Ellis Stuart pronounced Short dead shortly after 9:15 a.m.
No other passengers were in the vehicle. Investigators from Mississippi Highway Patrol were still working on reconstructing the crash scene late today.