January 7, 2012 11:55:00 PM
HATTIESBURG -- A motorhome bound for a college football championship game in New Orleans went off Interstate 59 in southern Mississippi and struck a tree, killing one person and injuring 10 others.
WDAM-TV reports the motorhome from Georgia was carrying 13 passengers when it left the interstate around 4:30 p.m. just north of the Evelyn Gandy parkway exit. Some interstate lanes were blocked as the injured were transported by ground and air to local hospitals.
The news station reported that the Forrest County Coroner's Office said one of the injured had died.
Highway Patrol spokesman Cpl. Todd Miller told the Hattiesburg American that a tire blew on the recreational vehicle. He said two people were ejected. Miller did not immediately return a call from The Associated Press.
Officials said the group was apparently traveling to the Bowl Championship Series national championship game, which will be played Monday in New Orleans.
The extent of the injuries was not immediately known Saturday evening.
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