Thursday, January 1, 2009
Ice causes wrecks
By BARRY BURLESON
The third day of winter brought icy conditions and along with it several accidents.
“About every exit in Marshall County off Highway 78 had three or more cars spun off the bridges,” said Kenny Holbrook, chief of the Holly Springs Fire Department. “We started getting calls at about 6 in the morning (December 23). Thank goodness, most were not injury-related.”
One accident at mile marker 14 on Highway 78 near Byhalia did result in injuries with several people being transported to area hospitals, according to Holbrook and Sgt. Leslie White with the Batesville District of the Mississippi Highway Patrol. Holbrook said the wreck involved an 18-wheeler and at least one passenger vehicle.
“They lost control on the bridge and got tangled up,” Holbrook said. “It trapped a lady in the passenger seat of the one vehicle and we had to take the passenger door off to get her out.”
He said three ambulances responded to the scene.
Holbrook said weathermen were warning of possible freezing rain on bridges and overpasses but he believes the timing of it caught drivers by surprise.
White said troopers were extremely busy the morning of December 23 across the district, going to 45 accidents with 26 injuries.
“We had multiple calls from Lafayette, DeSoto, Tate, Marshall and even in the Delta,” he said. “A few resulted in injuries, but fortunately, there were no fatalities.
“We were very lucky. It could have been worse.
“We don’t need any more ice.”
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