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Published on March 4th, 2021 | by Oxford Police Department


Automobile Accident in Oxford, Mississippi Claims the Lives of Father and Child

On Thursday, March 4, 2021, at approximately 7:43 am, the Oxford Police Department was dispatched to a wreck at US 278 (also known as Highway 6) and F.D. Buddy East Parkway involving a 2014 Volkswagen Jetta and a Panola County 2020 Mack Garbage Truck. Officers arrived on scene with the Oxford Fire Department, Priority Medical, and CareMed and began assessing the accident.  

The driver of the Volkswagen, John Matthew Ellington (40 of Oxford, Mississippi) was pronounced deceased on scene. A female juvenile was transported to Baptist Memorial Hospital North Mississippi where she passed away shortly after arriving. A male juvenile was taken to Baptist Memorial Hospital North Mississippi and flown to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. He is currently in critical condition.

The driver of the garbage truck was transported to Baptist Memorial Hospital North Mississippi with non-life threatening injuries.  

OPD began the reconstruction process which entails talking with witnesses and on-scene investigating. Enforcement Officers with the Mississippi Department of Transportation were called in to assist OPD. 

The accident is still under investigation and there is no immediate time frame for completion.  

“Our hearts hurt for the Ellington family and their friends. When tragedy strikes our community, we all feel its impact. We will be praying for them in the coming days and weeks.” said Chief Jeff McCutchen

Terrible accident at HWY 6 and 406. This is not a photo of the accident. It is of all the agencies that rushed to…

Posted by Wayne Andrews on Thursday, March 4, 2021

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The Oxford Police Department is housed 715 Molly Barr Road. The department has more than 70 full-time officers and staff and provides a wide range of protection and enforcement services. The Police Department has a community-oriented policing philosophy and provides around-the-clock patrols. Other services include crime prevention programs, such as Neighborhood Watch and D.A.R.E., as well as specialized units including Mounted Patrol, K-9 Unit, DUI Enforcement and the City Dispatch. Crime Reports provided to The Local Voice come directly from the Oxford Police Department.

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