Drive with caution: Winter weather causing multiple accidents
By Echo Staff
Jan 24, 2014, 19:22
The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) was advising motorists to drive with extreme caution Friday evening, with particular concern for the state’s southern coastal counties.
"Maintenance personnel have been monitoring the winter weather conditions all day," Layla Essary, public information officer for MDOT, said in a press release Friday. "Precipitation has continued throughout the afternoon, prompting MDOT crews to apply de-icing treatments to a number of highway bridges. The counties impacted by travel advisories at this time are Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Pearl River, Stone, and George counties."
As of 6:30 p.m. on Friday, law enforcement officials said approximately 27 vehicles had "significant damage" after several separate accidents at or near the I-10 bridge near the Louisiana/Mississippi state line.
“Motorists are urged to drive with caution and that means first and foremost driving at reduced speeds and keeping all distractions to a minimum,” said MDOT District Six Engineer Kelly Castleberry. "In addition, motorists are urged to watch out for emergency personnel who are working along state roadways this evening."