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Meridian man dies in collision with 18-wheeler


Sarah Fowler



A Meridian man died in Lowndes County Thursday when his SUV was rear-ended by an 18-wheeler. 


Deon Herlong, 31, from the Meridian/Lauderdale area, died from blunt force trauma after his 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe was rear-ended at the intersection of Highway 45 and Primrose Road, according to Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant. Herlong and the 18-wheeler were both headed north at the time of the accident. The incident occurred at approximately 10:30 a.m. Herling was pronounced dead on scene, Merchant said.  


The 18-wheeler belonged to Columbus Scrap Metal. The driver of the 18-wheeler, Jeremy Holliman, was transported to Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle with minor injuries, according to Criss Turnipseed with the Mississippi Highway Patrol. 


Merchant said Herlong was in town for a job interview. 


An investigation is ongoing.


Sarah Fowler covered crime, education and community related events for The Dispatch.



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