Multi-vehicle accidents shut down MS River Bridge – WAFB 9 News Baton …

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East bound lanes of the Mississippi River Bridge at Vicksburg have reopened, and the west bound lanes should reopen in the next couple of hours. The bridge had been closed since 4 a.m. Wednesday because of a chemical spill.

An 18-wheeler skidded on the ice and crashed into a railing and at least four other tractor-trailer rigs were involved in the accident.

One of the trucks, a tanker, was leaking Isopropyl 2-Chloropropionate, which is highly flammable and toxic.

MDOT has been recommending that westbound traffic on I-20 use alternate routes of I-59 S out of Meridian or I-55 S out of Jackson to I-10 W, or I-55 S to US 84 W and cross the Mississippi River at Natchez then use US 425 N or US 65 N to reconnect with I-20 W in Louisiana.

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Child, 2 adults killed in Pearl River County accident

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Two adults and a child died Friday night in an accident on Highway 11 in Pearl River County. A second child riding in the car was airlifted to University Medical Center in Jackson, and is listed in critical condition.

Driver Freddie Berrage, 50, and his passenger, Danielle Moye, 33, were pronounced dead on the scene. Both were from Picayune. Moye’s son, 8-year-old Elijah, was taken to Highland Community Hospital in Picayune, where he was pronounced dead.

Pearl River County Coroner Derek Turnage said the car was going over the Boley Creek Bridge when the driver lost control. Two other vehicles were involved in the accident.

Dozens of accidents across South Mississippi have been blamed on frozen overpasses and bridges. That’s why officials closed bridges and portions of Interstate 10 Friday night. State Trooper Jason Gazzo tweeted around 8:30pm that Hwy 90, I-59, and I-10 at the MS State Line all had some type of closer or blockage.

Crews with the Mississippi Department of Transportation were working to salt/sand every bridge on Interstate 10. MDOT District Engineer Kelly Castleberry told WLOX News crews were sent down from Meridian to help with the emergency road work.

Sixteen vehicles were involved in a crash in the south bound lane of Highway 49, near School Road. And the West Hancock Fire Department reported working an accident involving 27 cars near the Mississippi/Louisiana state line.

Gulfport Police Sgt. Damon McDaniel said everyone should stay off the roads overnight. If you do have to drive, reduce your speed and use extreme caution.

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South Mississippi bridges and overpasses iced over, MHP working multiple …

PASCAGOULA, Mississippi — Mississippi Highway Patrol and local authorities in south Mississippi are working numerous wrecks, including a triple fatality in which an infant died on Miss. 11 near Picayune, Friday night as bridges and overpasses have iced over, according to Trooper Jason Gazzo.

“It’s safe to say that every overpass and bridge in Troop K, which is the 6 lower counties, is iced over,” Gazzo said. “We are working multiple crashes. Every trooper we have is out tonight.

“We are working with MDOT to get help to the trouble areas, but we don’t have a low of snow equipment and we don’t have a lot of resources to handle things like this down here.”

Gazzo said a 19-car crash on U.S. 49 near School Road has been clear, but that roadway remains closed due to ice.

A 10-car pileup on I-10 near the Louisiana state line has been cleared, but the highway is closed in that area.

Gazzo said a multi-car crash was also just reported at Exit 50 on I-10, the Ocean Springs exit.

“If you are out on the road tonight, there’s a high probability you will be in a wreck no matter how good a driver you are. It’s unsafe to be out driving tonight.”

Gazzo said parts of U.S. 90, I-10, I-59 and U.S. 49 are closed due to icy roads.

Jackson County Emergency Service Director Earl Etheridge said bridges in the east part of Jackson County are starting to ice over.

Bridges closed in JAckson County include:

The Ocean Springs-Biloxi U.S. 90 bridge.

The Fort Bayou Bridge on Miss. 609.

The I-10 Exit 50 overpass at Ocean Springs.

The Escatawpa River Bridge on Miss. 63 in Moss Point.

The West River Bridge on the causeway in Gautier.

Parker Lake Bridge on River Road near Wade.

Etheridge said county crews and MDOT are working to get sand on the bridges as quickly as possible.

“The last time I remember it being this bad was about 1983,” Etheridge said. “We’ve been told this was a possibility but it was never strongly worded in the forecast but all the conditions came together just right.”

Etheridge said the sleet should begin to taper off around midnight, but freezing temperatures are expected to remain until about 9 a.m. Saturday, so conditions will be hazardous for driving throughout the night.

Jackson County Sheriff Charles Britt has dispatched additional patrol officers throughout the area to monitor road conditions.

Britt urged Jackson County residents to stay off roads until the weather conditions improve.

Icy overpasses close bridges, portions of I-10 – WDAM

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Three people, including an infant, died in an accident on an icy Highway 11 in Pearl River County tonight. Pearl River County Coroner Derek Turnage said all three of the victims were in a single vehicle. According to Emergency Management Director Danny Manley, at least 30 accidents happened on I-59 in Pearl River County in just one hour.

Dozens of accidents across South Mississippi have been blamed on frozen overpasses and bridges. That’s why officials have closed the Biloxi-Ocean Springs, Bay of St. Louis, Pearl River and Jourdan River bridges. The Popp’s Ferry Bridge was closed earlier in the evening, but has since reopened.

Interstate 10 is also closed at the Louisiana/Mississippi state line. State Trooper Jason Gazzo tweeted around 8:30pm that Hwy 90, I-59, and I-10 at the MS State Line all had some type of closer or blockage.

Crews with the Mississippi Department of Transportation are working to salt every bridge on Interstate 10. MDOT District Engineer Kelly Castleberry told WLOX News crews were sent down from Meridian to help with the emergency road work.

Sixteen vehicles were involved in a crash in the south bound lane of Highway 49, near School Road. And the West Hancock Fire Department reported working an accident involving 27 cars near the Mississippi/Louisiana state line.

Gulfport Police Sgt. Damon McDaniel said they’re asking everyone to stay off the roads tonight. McDaniel said if you have to drive, reduce your speed and use extreme caution.

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Child, 2 adults killed in Pearl River County accident – WLOX.com – The News for …

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Two adults and a child died Friday night in an accident on Highway 11 in Pearl River County. A second child riding in the car was airlifted to University Medical Center in Jackson, and is listed in critical condition.

Driver Freddie Berrage, 50, and his passenger, Danielle Moye, 33, were pronounced dead on the scene. Both were from Picayune. Moye’s son, 8-year-old Elijah, was taken to Highland Community Hospital in Picayune, where he was pronounced dead.

Pearl River County Coroner Derek Turnage said the car was going over the Boley Creek Bridge when the driver lost control. Two other vehicles were involved in the accident.

Dozens of accidents across South Mississippi have been blamed on frozen overpasses and bridges. That’s why officials closed bridges and portions of Interstate 10 Friday night. State Trooper Jason Gazzo tweeted around 8:30pm that Hwy 90, I-59, and I-10 at the MS State Line all had some type of closer or blockage.

Crews with the Mississippi Department of Transportation were working to salt/sand every bridge on Interstate 10. MDOT District Engineer Kelly Castleberry told WLOX News crews were sent down from Meridian to help with the emergency road work.

Sixteen vehicles were involved in a crash in the south bound lane of Highway 49, near School Road. And the West Hancock Fire Department reported working an accident involving 27 cars near the Mississippi/Louisiana state line.

Gulfport Police Sgt. Damon McDaniel said everyone should stay off the roads overnight. If you do have to drive, reduce your speed and use extreme caution.

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I-10 closed at LA/MS state line, Biloxi-OS Bridge closed

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) -

Three people, including an infant, died in an accident on an icy Highway 11 in Pearl River County tonight. Pearl River County Coroner Derek Turnage said all three of the victims were in a single vehicle. According to Emergency Management Director Danny Manley, at least 30 accidents happened on I-59 in Pearl River County in just one hour.

Dozens of accidents across South Mississippi have been blamed on frozen overpasses and bridges. That’s why officials have closed the Biloxi-Ocean Springs, Bay of St. Louis, Pearl River and Jourdan River bridges. The Popp’s Ferry Bridge was closed earlier in the evening, but has since reopened.

Interstate 10 is also closed at the Louisiana/Mississippi state line. State Trooper Jason Gazzo tweeted around 8:30pm that Hwy 90, I-59, and I-10 at the MS State Line all had some type of closer or blockage.

Crews with the Mississippi Department of Transportation are working to salt every bridge on Interstate 10. MDOT District Engineer Kelly Castleberry told WLOX News crews were sent down from Meridian to help with the emergency road work.

Sixteen vehicles were involved in a crash in the south bound lane of Highway 49, near School Road. And the West Hancock Fire Department reported working an accident involving 27 cars near the Mississippi/Louisiana state line.

Gulfport Police Sgt. Damon McDaniel said they’re asking everyone to stay off the roads tonight. McDaniel said if you have to drive, reduce your speed and use extreme caution.

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I-10 closed at LA/MS state line, Biloxi River

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) -

Three people, including an infant, died in an accident on an icy Highway 11 in Pearl River County tonight. Pearl River County Coroner Derek Turnage said all three of the victims were in a single vehicle. According to Emergency Management Director Danny Manley, at least 30 accidents happened on I-59 in Pearl River County in just one hour.

Dozens of accidents across South Mississippi have been blamed on frozen overpasses and bridges. That’s why officials have closed the Biloxi-Ocean Springs, Bay of St. Louis, Pearl River and Jourdan River bridges. The Popp’s Ferry Bridge was closed earlier in the evening, but has since reopened.

Interstate 10 is also closed at the Louisiana/Mississippi state line. State Trooper Jason Gazzo tweeted around 8:30pm that Hwy 90, I-59, and I-10 at the MS State Line all had some type of closer or blockage.

Crews with the Mississippi Department of Transportation are working to salt every bridge on Interstate 10. MDOT District Engineer Kelly Castleberry told WLOX News crews were sent down from Meridian to help with the emergency road work.

Sixteen vehicles were involved in a crash in the south bound lane of Highway 49, near School Road. And the West Hancock Fire Department reported working an accident involving 27 cars near the Mississippi/Louisiana state line.

Gulfport Police Sgt. Damon McDaniel said they’re asking everyone to stay off the roads tonight. McDaniel said if you have to drive, reduce your speed and use extreme caution.

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Metairie I-10 crash kills 2 women

METAIRIE, La. (AP) – State police say two women died after their car ricocheted across Interstate 10 in Metairie.

Trooper Melissa Matey says 31-year-old Susan Perez of Metairie was driving east near Cleary Avenue Sunday night when her car suddenly veered to the left and hit the barrier, then crossed all eastbound lanes and hit the right guardrail.

Matey says Perez and her passenger, 25-yeaer-old Karla Ordonez of New Orleans, were pronounced dead at the scene.

She says both women were wearing seat belts.

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Troopers work multi-vehicle wreck on I-10 Pascagoula River Bridge, eastbound …

MOSS POINT, Mississippi — Mississippi Highway Patrol troopers are responding to a multi-vehicle crash on the I-10 Pascagoula River Bridge in the eastbound lanes, according to MHP Cpl. Jason Gazzo.

Gazzo said there are injuries in the crash and delays can be expected.

Mississippi Department of Transportation traffic cams on I-10 at the Miss. 57 interchange show heavy traffic in the eastbound lanes, but the traffic is moving.

UPDATE: All eastbound lanes were re-opened about 3 p.m. and Gazzo reports traffic is now flowing smoothly. 

Suspect accused of killing MS police officer also convicted of threatening president

(WMC-TV) – The Phoenix Police Department has released the name of the suspect that killed a Mississippi police officer during a Tupelo bank robbery. He has been identified as 40-year-old Mario Edward Garnett.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation held a press conference Sunday morning and released more information about the shooting death of the Mississippi officer. Garnett was killed on Saturday by police in Phoenix, Arizona.

The multi-state manhunt came to an end on Saturday in Phoenix, when the suspect allegedly robbed a bank and fired shots at officers. The officers returned fire; Garnett was shot and killed.

“We believe the suspect who robbed the bank [...] in Phoenix, Arizona, and who later was shot and killed in an exchange of gunfire with a Phoenix police detective is the same individual who is responsible for the attempted bank robbery in Atlanta, the robbery of the Bancorp South in Tupelo and the shooting of Officer Joseph Maher and the murder of Officer Gale Stauffer,” said FBI Agent Daniel McMullen.

Tupelo officers are happy the man hunt is over.

“This closure has helped us mend and begin to heal that deep, deep wound,” said Tupelo Police Chief Bart Aguirre.

Chief Aguirre says he is grateful for the work of all law enforcement officials involved..

Officer Gale Stauffer’s widow, Beth, spoke to the community, thanking them for their support.

“Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for shining your light in this time of darkness. Thank you, to all the agencies that worked tirelessly to get this job done. You will forever be in our prayers. You have made it possible for us to move forward toward finding peace for the long road ahead,” she said.

Officer Maher was seriously injured in the shooting, but was reportedly able to walk with some help on Friday.

Police say Garnett had served four years in the U.S. Army.

Federal court records reveal that Garnett’s run-in with police started in Oklahoma City, where he was convicted of threatening President Obama in 2010.

The felony crime resulted in an eight month sentence in federal prison and court ordered mental health care.

He was also not allowed to own a gun.

Investigators released the final images of Garnett Monday night, but the investigation is far from over. Officials says all of the evidence gathered by investigators following the Phoenix robbery must be examined and compared with evidence gathered from the Atlanta and Tupelo crime scenes.

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