Thursday, January 2, 2014
HSUD worker dies in accident Thursday
Holly Springs residents and employees with the city’s utility department are in shock over the accidental death of Phillip Edwards on Thursday of last week.
Coroner James Richard Anderson said Edwards, 37, a Holly Springs Utility Department employee, was working at a sewer manhole when the accident occurred. It happened in the center turn lane at the intersection of Park Avenue and North Memphis Street.
The call to 911 came at 10:06 a.m. and Anderson was called to the scene at 10:17. He said the death was tragic.
Edwards was pronounced dead on the scene and his body transported to Jackson for autopsy. Anderson ruled the manner of death as accidental. Edwards fell backwards and into a passing gravel truck headed north on Memphis Street, the coroner said.
City employees and department supervisors met with Mayor Kelvin Buck at 1 p.m. Thursday to discuss the tragedy.
The full board of aldermen, mayor and city board attorney met in a special session Friday, behind closed doors, in an effort to interview employees with the city and first responders with the fire department to obtain all information possible.
After a two-and-a-half-hour executive session in which employees were brought in and interviewed, the mayor talked about actions being taken in the wake of the accident.
Buck said he and the board of aldermen were trying to gather all the information available so the city has as accurate a record as possible of what transpired.
“We spoke with everyone who has information that can be helpful,” he said. “We extend sympathy to the family and will be working with family members to make sure we get all the information to them that they need.”
Byhalia police officers respond to 54 calls
The Byhalia Police responded to 54 calls during the past week.
Chief Gary Looney released the following report – miscellaneous, 10; escorts, 9; thefts, 1; disturbances, 4; domestic, 1; animals, 2; motor vehicle accidents, 2; assists, 2; fires, 2; burglaries, 1; medical, 9; and alarm calls, 11.
Byhalia police officers also made two arrests during the past week, according to Chief Looney.
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