Man charged in hit-and-run fatal crash of firefighters

Authorities say a driver accused of killing two volunteer firefighters in a hit-and-run in southern Mississippi has been arrested.

Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel told WDAM-TV ( ) on Thursday that 31-year-old Chance Eaton is charged with hit-and-run and causing death. He could face more charges in the death of two Sumrall volunteer firefighters who were directing traffic at a dump truck accident before the accident occurred Wednesday.

Rigel says the firefighters were hit by a driver who then fled the scene.

Lamar County Coroner Cody Creel identified the victims as 80-year-old Clinton Alvin Beasley and 53-year-old Loretta Ann Sykes. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

Another volunteer firefighter injured in the accident was taken to Forrest General Hospital. His condition is unknown.