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JACKSON, MISS., Tuesday, February 15, 2011—The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) would like to announce the following traffic alert to motorists traveling in Perry County.
Highway 98 beginning at the Forrest County Line to New Augusta is closed due to a traffic accident which involved several vehicles. The accident is being attributed to heavy smoke in the area due to a nearby fire. MDOT has also issued an Emergency Alert due to the smoke from Hwy 29 from New Augusta to Runnelstown.
It is thought that the accident scene could be closed for up to 5 hours. Motorists are advised to take an alternate route until the highway reopens to traffic.
More information can also be found at www.MsTraffic.com.
All Jones County Public Schools are closed today including Laurel Schools.
JCJC has cancelled classes for today.
Headmaster Ronnie Jones at St. John’s Day School in Laurel has announced that classes are cancelled today, Friday, February 4, 2011.
Hattiesburg Public Schools will be OPEN today.
Lamar County Schools are OPEN
Winter Storm Warning in effect until midnight CST tonight…
The National Weather Service in Jackson has issued a Winter Storm
Warning for sleet and freezing rain… which is in effect until midnight
CST tonight. The Winter Storm Watch is no longer in effect.
* Timing: 6 am to midnight
* main impact: a mixture of sleet… rain and freezing rain may
cause up to a half inch of accumulation on elevated surfaces
such as bridges… overpasses… powerlines and trees.
* Other impacts: temperatures will be between 30 and 34 degrees
during this time period. The small difference in a temperature of
31 degrees versus 33 degrees will make a major difference in how
much impact occurs from this winter storm. In the worst case
scenario… up to a half inch of ice could result in power
interruptions along with hazardous travel conditions.
A Winter Storm Warning for sleet and freezing rain means that a
winter storm system is impacting the area with significant amounts of
ice. Travel is likely to be severely impacted.
WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY MORNING THROUGH THURSDAY EVENING…
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN JACKSON HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY MORNING THROUGH THURSDAY EVENING.
* TIMING: 6 AM TO 9 PM THURSDAY *
MAIN IMPACT: A MIXTURE OF SLEET…RAIN AND FREEZING RAIN MAY CAUSE UP TO A HALF INCH OF ACCUMULATION ON ELEVATED SURFACES SUCH AS BRIDGES…OVERPASSES…POWERLINES AND TREES.
* OTHER IMPACTS: TEMPERATURES WILL BE BETWEEN 30 AND 34 DEGREES DURING THIS TIME PERIOD.
THE SMALL DIFFERENCE IN A TEMPERATURE OF 31 DEGREES VERSUS 33 DEGREES WILL MAKE A MAJOR DIFFERENCE IN HOW MUCH IMPACT OCCURS FROM THIS WINTER STORM. IN THE WORST CASE SCENARIO…UP TO A HALF INCH OF ICE COULD ACCUMULATE ON TREES AND POWERLINES…CAUSING POWER INTERRUPTIONS ALONG WITH HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SLEET…OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL. CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.
A head-on crash between an eighteen wheeler tanker and a Chrysler Town & Country mini-van has left a female child passenger dead and the adult female driver of the van in extremely critical condition. Volunteer fire and rescue units from Sandersville and Rustin were dispatched to the call just before 2:00 p.m. with the wreck reported on Sandersville-Pleasant Grove Road near Jessie Byrd Road. A second alarm dispatched Powers Volunteer Fire & Rescue with Rescue 1 and Heavy Rescue. Upon arrival, emergency services units advised both victims in the van were trapped and extensive extrication efforts were undertaken usingthree full sets of hydraulic rescue tools.
Multiple units from the Jones County Sheriff’s Department, EMServ Ambulance Service, Sandersville Police Department, Jones County Fire Coordinator Dan McKenna and Beat 3 Supervisor Barry Saul responded to the call. The adult female driver was extricated and driven by ambulance to a nearby landing zone in a field where an Air Care rescue helicopter landed. Rustin firefighters established and manned the landing zone during the air rescue helicopter’s landing and departure. The female child was declared deceased at the scene and firefighters worked diligently for nearly thirty minutes to extricate her body from the destroyed vehicle. The driver of the eighteen wheeler owned by T.K. Stanley was unhurt. The roadway was closed for over three hours as rescue, accident investigation and vehicle recovery operations proceeded. Seven rescue and fire apparatus along with nearly twenty volunteer firefighters from the three volunteer fire departments responded to the scene. Beat 3 units were called in to sand the roadway which was coated in vehicle fluids and fuel. The cause of the crash is under investigation by the Jones County Sheriff’s Department. UPDATE: Additional responding agencies to the fatality crash in Sandersville today included:
District Attorney Investigator Wayne Black, Deputy Coroner Burl Hall, Jones County Fire Chaplain Drew Blanton
We understand that the adult female driver of the mini-van who was transported by Aircare rescue helicopter was sent to Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg.
UPDATE 5:00pm: Suspect is in Custody. More details as they become available.
Pine Belt law enforcement are searching late this afternoon for a gunman who held up the Bank of Jones County in Ellisville. The robbery happened between 3:30 and 4:00pm.
Police are looking for a black male, wearing a black hoodie, who reportedly has a small silver handgun. The suspect was last seen heading North on I-59 in a light blue 4 door car.
There are no reports of injuries.
Details are still sketchy. We are awaiting more information from the Ellisville Police Department.
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Due to a winter weather system that has the potential to cause hazardous conditions in the Pine Belt area overnight, The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus will be closed untilnoon tomorrow, Monday, Jan. 10.
Southern Miss Gulf Coast operations will continue on their regular schedule tomorrow.
Students, faculty and staff are asked to monitor news about weather conditions on local radio and television and through the Internet. For updates about the weather’s impact on the Hattiesburg campus visit www.usm.edu/news