Motorcyclist dies en route to new job - - Jackson, MS

Motorcyclist dies en route to new job

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COPIAH COUNTY, MS (WLBT) - Officials say 22-year-old Brandon Yancey died riding his motorcycle to work Wednesday morning in Copiah County.

The wreck happened in the southbound lanes of I-55 near the Gallman exit, not far from the spot where he had agreed to meet his new boss before work.

"I was supposed to be picking up Brandon Yancey over here at the Gallman truck stop," said Robert Prince, Yance's supervisor. "And as I approached, I seen the highway patrol officers and I pulled up and I seen the motorcycle and I knew it was him."

Prince said the army veteran and Alabama native just started work this week for Mississippi-based Blaine Construction.

"It was devastating, to have a guy hired with you Monday, and today his life is gone," said Prince.

Prince said Yancey was working on the same road project where he crashed his bike. Because of the project, the asphalt is several inches higher in the right-hand lane, which is blocked off by cones during construction.

A witness said Yancey hit the uneven asphalt and lost control of his motorcycle. Officials said Yancey was thrown from the bike, and his helmet flew off. He died on the scene.

"You can be here one minute, and the next, you can be gone," Prince said. "Working out here in this line of work, you're thankful to God we're able to go home every day."

It doesn't appear Yancey was speeding, according to Trooper Steve Barber of the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

Barber has a message for motorcyclists.

"Be extremely cautious on uneven pavement," he said. "It's spring, animals are coming out, you've got to be on your guard. Watch out for everybody and yourself."

Officials said Yancey had two young children and was engaged to be married. He would have turned 23 next week.

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