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Riverdale man dies in Miss. motorhome wreck

JACKSON, Miss. — A second man has died from injuries sustained in the southern Mississippi wreck of a motorhome carrying a group of friends from Georgia to New Orleans to attend the national college football championship game, authorities said Sunday.

Forrest County, Miss., Coroner Butch Benedict said, Sunday, that 66-year-old Alfred Holt Jr., of Lithonia, the driver of the vehicle, died Sunday. On Saturday evening, 47-year-old Darryl Parker, of Riverdale, died in the wreck. Benedict said Parker’s wife was among at least 10 people injured in the crash.

Authorities said the group was traveling in the recreational vehicle from the Atlanta area to New Orleans, where they planned to attend the Bowl Championship Series national title game between No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Alabama. The game was played Monday.

Solomon Brannan, who said he owns the motorhome, told The Associated Press that he let a group of friends borrow it, but didn’t go along because he had just returned from New Orleans and had a funeral to attend. He said Holt was a professional bus driver whom he felt confident could handle the large vehicle, but a blowout is hard to overcome.

“It was just an unfortunate thing,” Brannan said.

Authorities said there were 14 people traveling in the 2002 Freightliner.

One person remained in intensive care Sunday and four others were in regular hospital rooms. They were all in stable condition, said Ronda Smith, patient care supervisor at Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg, Miss. She said several others were treated and released.

Mississippi Highway Patrol Cpl. Todd Miller said the motorhome blew a front tire, ran off Interstate 59 in Forrest County, Miss., and hit a tree in the median. He said two people were ejected from the motorhome. Benedict said he’s not sure if Parker was one of them.

Officials said some interstate lanes were blocked as the injured were transported by ground and air to local hospitals.

The phone rang unanswered Sunday at a listing for Darryl Parker in Riverdale. A number for Holt’s family wasn’t immediately available.