A traffic accident involving an RV on Interstate 20 in central Mississippi Monday afternoon (June 8) claimed the lives of two people and seriously injured a Champions Tour golf professional.

Kenneth Green, 50, was airlifted to University Medical Center in Jackson, Miss., from Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center in Meridian with injuries he suffered in the accident that killed his brother, Billy Green, 57, his girlfriend Jeannie Hodgin, 52, and his German Shepherd, Nip. The Green brothers are from Indiantown, Fla., while Hodges was from Greensboro, N.C., according to the Meridian (Miss.) Star.

Mississippi Highway Patrol Troop H Public Relations Officer Sgt. Malachi Sanders said after an investigation into the cause of the crash, “It has been determined the right front tire of the RV Kenneth Green was driving blew out causing the vehicle to veer off the road. The RV then went off the right side of the interstate, down a hill and collided with an oak tree.”

Kenneth Green was thrown from the vehicle. 

Kenneth Green

Kenneth Green

The accident occurred at about 1:30 p.m. eight miles east of Newton at mile marker 118. The RV was traveling eastbound.

There was no official information released as to the extent of Kenneth Green’s injuries but a report from Golf Digest stated Green suffered a broken left eye orbital, and that his right leg was hurt so badly that doctors were trying to save it from amputation.

Officials with the PGA Tour commented on the accident.

“All of us at the PGA Tour are saddened by the news of this tragic accident,” PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said when informed of the accident. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Ken Green and his family in this very difficult time.”

Green joined the Champions Tour since last summer when he turned 50, making his debut at the Senior British Open at Royal Troon. He made seven starts last season, with his best finish a tie for 47th at the 2008 Administaff Small Business Classic. His results had improved this season, as he ranked 49th in Charles Schwab Cup points, having earned $123,906 in 11 starts. His best finish was a seventh at the AT&T Champions Classic.

On Sunday, Green tied for 37th at the Triton Financial Classic in Austin, Texas.

Green won five times on the PGA Tour, his last win coming in 1989 at the Kmart Greater Greensboro Open.