Two accidents along Interstate 59 cause delays

Published 7:00 am Thursday, August 17, 2017

By Julia Arenstam
and Taylor Welsh

Two accidents in two days caused delays to motorists on Interstate 59.
Tuesday evening, a two-car accident caused a section of Interstate 59 to be shut down.
Picayune Police Assistant Chief Jeremy Magri said officers were dispatched to the bridge near Exit 4 on Interstate 59 in reference to an accident at approximately 4:26 p.m.,.
Magri said the driver of a silver 2012 Hyundai Accent, identified as Christopher Sean Taylor, 29, of 94 Woodridge Lane in Picayune, was northbound on Interstate 59 at an estimated speed of 100 mph. As he topped the bridge near exit 4 in Picayune, he rear-ended a white 2016 Nissan Rogue, driven by Vicki Silvey, 63, of 119 Stone Hollow Trace in Carriere, who Magri said was driving the speed limit.
Upon impact, Taylor’s vehicle shoved Silvey’s car into the guardrail on the bridge, totaling both cars. Because both cars came to rest in the middle of the interstate, the northbound lane of Interstate 59 at the bridge was shut down temporarily, Magri said.
After the collision, witnesses on the scene allegedly saw Taylor get out of his car and throw an alcoholic beverage to the side of the interstate. Officers located the alcoholic beverage and observed Taylor’s eyes to be glassy and his speech slurred while speaking with him, Magri said.
After a field sobriety test was conducted, officers arrested Taylor for driving under the influence of alcohol.
No serious injuries were reported, Magri said.
While Taylor was being booked into the criminal justice center, officers conducted a search of his person and found an orange pill bottle in his underwear filled with multiple pills identified as Xanax.
Taylor was additionally arrested for possession of a controlled substance.
Early Wednesday morning, a cow was killed in traffic, causing another delay to motorists on Interstate 59.
Mississippi Highway Patrol Troop K Public Information Officer Chase Elkins said the bovine was struck and killed at about 6 a.m. Wednesday on Interstate 59 in the southbound lane near the Millard exit by a Hyundai Sonata.
No injuries were reported and the owner of the cow has not been located, Elkins said.

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