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Two Children, One Adult Dead After Truck Barrels Into Halloween Hayride in Mississippi

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WTO via AP

Three people are dead and several more injured after a truck hit a Halloween hayride trailer on Monday in Mississippi, reports say.

Two children and one adult  — all related — were killed in the crash, and several were left with “life-threatening” injuries when the vehicle plowed into the ride on Halloween in Chunky, a small town about 80 miles from Jackson, NBC News reports.

“This is a bad thing to happen anywhere but when it’s local it really hits home,” Highway Patrol Sgt. Andy West told reporters at the scene Monday night. “These are good people and our hearts really go out to them.”

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Adults and costume-clad children were riding in the flat-bed trailer, heading west on Highway 80, when the F-150 pick-up truck slammed into the trailer’s rear at around 7:45 p.m., the Associated Press reports. Three helicopters and several ambulances were on scene to take the injured to local hospitals, according to the AP.

Newton County Coroner Danny Shoemaker said two people died at the scene and the third victim died while waiting for the helicopter, the AP reports. Shoemaker described the scene as “chaos.”

There was a total of 10 victims in the crash, NBC reports.

Neither the names of the victims nor the truck driver have been released.