Accident leaves driver in critical conditio

Published 7:37 pm Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Tuesday afternoon a small, black Hyundai driven by Albert Robertson Jr., 56, of 876 Herrin Dr. pulled out of Martin Luther King Boulevard to go north on U.S. 11.

In doing so, he pulled out in front of an 18-wheel dump truck driven by Ronald J. Yelbington, 55, of Gulfport, which also was going north on U.S. 11, said Picayune Police Officer Brandon McLemore.

The two vehicles collided forcing each other into the ditch, spilling the sand in the truck’s trailer and totaling the Hyundai.

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Robertson was taken to Highland Community Hospital, then airlifted to Forrest General where he is believed to be in critical condition, Deputy Chief David Ervin said.

Ervin said that incident was the second in a month involving an 18-wheeler and a passenger vehicle. Both incidents occurred at the same location and in the same manner, he said.

“We encourage everyone to very cautious at that intersection due to heavy truck traffic in that area,” Ervin said.

Ervin said a large number of trucks travel that area and require more road distance to stop than a passenger vehicle. That stopping distance increases if the truck is loaded, such as in Tuesday’s incident, Ervin said.

Robertson was cited in the incident for having no driver’s license and no insurance.