Accidents pile up on 61
by Courtney Warren
Dec 20, 2013 | 2372 views | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Traffic has slowed over the past few days with several car accidents along U.S. Highway 61.

On Wednesday at 5:37 p.m. troopers were dispatched to a two-vehicle accident on near McKnight Road.

"A 2004 Ford Escape driven by 60-year-old Nina Pole from Cleveland was attempting to enter onto US 61 north from a middle turn bay,” said Mississippi Highway Patrol Trooper Tony Dunn.

A 1986 Chevrolet Caprice driven by 28 year-old Trent Williams from Mound Bayou was traveling north on US 61.

"Williams collided the front area of his vehicle with the rear side area Pole's vehicle as she entered US Highway 61," said Dunn.

Both drivers were taken to the Bolivar Medical Center; Williams by Pafford EMS Ambulance and Pole by personal vehicle.

None of those involved had life threating injuries according to Dunn.

The accident is still under investigation by the Mississippi Highway Patrol. 

There was also an accident on U.S. Highway 61 near Renova.

"Vehicle one, a 2000 Buick Lesabre driven by 53-year-old Emma Jean Collins from Shelby, was traveling south on US Highway 61 in the right lane along with her daughter 31-year-old Claudette Collins and 2-year-old grand baby," said Dunn.

Dunn said that all passengers were wearing seatbelts and the child was in a car seat.

"Vehicle two, a 2014 Chrysler 200 driven by 25-year-old Adam Lloyd from Southaven, was also traveling south on US Highway 61 in the left lane.

"Vehicle two collided the front right of his vehicle with the left driver rear of vehicle one as he was attempting to pass. Vehicle one traveled into a ditch and struck a utility pole after impact. Vehicle two traveled into the middle median after impact," said Dunn.

The accident is still under investigation and the passengers were taken to Bolivar Medical Center with minor non-life threatening injuries.

A third traffic accident occurred on U.S. Highway 61 in front of Baxter Healthcare a large FedEx 18-wheeler attempted to turn right onto the highway and collided with a smaller vehicle that was also in the turn lane.

The Bolivar County Sheriff's Department did not have a report at presstime.

The Bolivar Commercial will have more as the stories develop.