JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Unfortunately, harsh winter weather conditions are perfect for automobile accidents and there were plenty throughout the metro area and around the state throughout the day and continuing into the night. So far, two people are dead in separate traffic accidents...one in Lincoln County and the other in Jeff Davis County.
"Another 10-feet and I'd been involved in that.", said Eddie Taylor of Brandon.
He was referring to the southbound lane of I-55 between Northside Drive and Briarwood....vehicles…twelve of them, some in pieces...littering the highway after hitting an icy stretch.
Taylor said, "I was coming over the hill, home from work; seen cars going around like pin balls; finally got stopped and I got rear-ended. Pretty much what happened."
One Jackson police officer working the scene was injured when he fell into a pot hole. He was taken to UMC for injuries to his leg.
One motorist waxed philosophical about the situation saying, "Mother Nature. That's all that happened."
Earlier in the day, at least five vehicles became bumper cars on the I-220 bridge in the southbound lanes about two miles before the Medgar Evers Boulevard exit. At least 3 people were taken to the hospital.
Things weren't much better on Highway 49 south.
Three on Your Side saw at least three wrecks, including a Jeep that flipped several times after crossing a bridge in the Magee area.
Jason Caswell said, "I hit ice on the bridge and my car just started going sideways. Then it started flipping."
But the ending was not good for 28-year-old Laurie Nicole Sanders of Hazlehurst. She was pronounced dead after the S-U-V she was driving smashed into a tree in Lincoln County just after noon. There was also a fatality in Jeff Davis County around 4pm. Coroner Greg Blackwell says 34-year-old Tyra "Missy" Covington was killed when the car she driving skidded out of control on an icy bridge on Highway 84 at Highway 13 and smashed into an 18-wheeler log truck.
Jim Pollard of A-M-R says the company covered a six county service area and in a nine hour period, responded to 80 motor vehicle crashes.
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