The crash between a loaded log truck and a pickup that killed a Kosciusko woman on Wednesday afternoon in front of the Silver Star Casino sounded like a bomb going off, a witness said.

The woman was identified as Ernestine Burnside,73, according to Neshoba County Coroner John Stephens.

A passenger in the pickup, a 2004 Ford F150, suffered minor injuries and was treated on scene, said Neshoba County Sheriff Tommy Waddell.

The driver of the log truck, Reid Simpson, 41, of Macon did not suffer life-threatening injuries, said Sgt. Andy West of the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

"Horrible accident, sounded like a bomb went off…,” said Mark Powell in a Facebook post. He said a lot of brave people tried to help and the Choctaw first responders were there in minutes.


"Everyone was helping at the scene with traffic, debris and the crowd,” he said. "God Bless everyone involved and may the deceased RIP.”

The accident occurred at about 2:45 p.m. at the intersection of Mississippi 16 and Willis Road right at the casinos on the Pearl River Resort at Choctaw, West said.

The log truck, traveling eastbound, lost its load and ended up in the middle of the intersection closing two lanes temporarily.

The log truck was traveling east on Mississippi 16 and the truck was exiting the Silver Star Hotel and Casino, the Sheriff confirmed.

Witnesses on the scene said the pickup pulled out in front of the log truck, but the authorities had not confirmed that report.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol, Neshoba County Sheriff’s Office, Choctaw Police Department, Philadelphia Fire and Rescue, Choctaw Fire and Rescue and Fairview Volunteer Fire Department responded.

MHP is continuing its investigating, West said.