Despite clear weather, police report 5 wrecks Thursday

Published 7:00 am Friday, September 25, 2015

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By Chris Marquette
Picayune Item

Despite sunny, dry conditions Thursday morning, three separate car crashes involving seven vehicles were reported within an hour of each other. Two more collisions occurred later in the afternoon. The accidents occurred at the intersection of Goodyear Boulevard and Beech Street, Highway 11 and Country Club Road, Highway 11 and Stevenson Street, at exit 4 on I-59 South and at I-59 and Sycamore Road.
According to Assistant Police Chief Jeremy Magri, at 7:56 a.m. at the intersection of Goodyear Boulevard and Beech Street, a gray Honda Accord was stopped on Goodyear Boulevard facing eastbound at Beech Street. A gray Ford was travelling north on Beech Street and a white Dodge was stopped on Goodyear Boulevard facing westbound at a stop sign on Beech Street. The Honda attempted to cross Beech Street while failing to yield the right of way to the Ford and the two vehicles collided. The Ford jumped the median and struck the Dodge. No citations were given and an ambulance was dispatched to the scene, but nobody was transported to the hospital.
The second car accident occurred on Highway 11 north and Country Club Road at 8:16 a.m. According to Magri, a black Nissan Altima, was on Country Club Road attempting to turn south on Highway 11 and a blue Chevy Spark, was travelling north on Highway 11 and hit the Altima. The investigation showed the Altima’s driver failed to yield to the driver of the Spark. No citations were issued. The driver of the Spark was transported to Highland Community Hospital for minor injuries; the driver of the Altima and the passenger were also transported to Highland for minor injuries.
Magri said that a third accident occurred at 8:51 a.m. at Highway 11 and Stevenson Street. A gray Ford Fusion was travelling south on Highway 11. A gray Nissan Juke, was also travelling south on Highway 11. The Juke stopped to attempt a left turn on Stevenson Street, when the Fusion struck the Juke in the rear. No citations were issued and no injuries were reported.
The other two accidents are still being investigated by the Picayune Police Department and no other details are known as of deadline Thursday.
Magri encouraged drivers to remain alert at all times.
“There’s no other contributing factors to these accidents. Make sure you are alert while you are driving. All three of these accidents came from somebody not paying attention,” said Magri.