Accident closes Crosby St.
Published 5:17 pm Thursday, July 12, 2012
Early Wednesday morning a Picayune resident was awakened by a vehicle hitting a power pole, later causing access to Crosby Street to be closed.
Eula Mitchell lives at the corner of Crosby Street and Palestine Road, and said in the 20 years she has lived there about six vehicle accidents have occurred at that corner.
Wednesday morning at about 6 Mitchell was awoken by the sound of a car impacting the power pole at the 90 degree corner. The damage done to the power pole caused Crosby Street to be closed to traffic, forcing drivers to find other ways to get around town. That road was barricaded for good reason, the accident that awoke Mitchell broke the power pole in two places. It was only being held up by the power lines attached to the pole.
“That could fall at any time,” Mitchell said. “Earlier this morning it creaked as though it was going to fall.”
About two weeks ago Mitchell said another car hit the metal guard rail at the same sharp corner. The rail was still bent from that accident.
Wednesday’s accident did not stop the driver. Mitchell said after he hit the pole he got his vehicle started again and was able to drive down Canal Street for a short time, before it ceased to move since the front end was pushed all the way to the cab in a “v” shape.
Mitchell said the vehicle was barely running when it left the scene.
Capt. Chad Dorn said officers responded to the accident and conducted sobriety tests on the driver, but he was found to not be intoxicated, so charges were not pressed. The driver told officers he hit the pole because he was avoiding a dog in the road.