Icy Roads Continue to Cause Trouble for Law Enforcement

Contributor: Alyssa Meisner
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Updated: 1/29 7:19 pm
Interstate-10 has been the site of most accidents today. News 25 spoke with police and drivers in the area to see what problems they've been seeing as the effort to clear roads continues. Thomas Bogard, a truck driver, says, "Down here, once I got here they said, ‘Hey, you ain't going nowhere.’" Bogard went to work expecting a normal day of deliveries, but in the middle of his route, he got a call from his boss to stop due to road conditions. So now he's waiting for better weather. Bogard also says, "I’ve been staying in my truck, here inside." Today's icy weather is causing detours and accidents. Lt. Phillip Kincaid of the Gulfport Police Department says, "As the trailer was traveling east-bound and attempting to exit south onto Highway 49, the driver braked improperly, did not use his trailer brakes, causing him to jack-knife." A similar wreck happened just hours later on the westbound side of I-10 in Biloxi, also due to slippery roads. Tire marks of the tractor trailer that slid off the road could be seen. Biloxi police responded quickly. Fortunately, there have not been many major accidents like these, but police say the biggest problem has been the number of vehicles slipping off the roads. Kincaid also says, "We're asking the general public to stay off of the roadways unless it is imperative that you go somewhere or have a vital role somewhere, stay off of the roadways. We will not close any roads. We are not going to do any courtesy tows." That means vehicles sliding into ditches, medians, or embankments will have to call and pay for their own towing. In the meantime, wait out the icy temperatures in the comfort of your own home. Police hope if people continue to stay home that there will be fewer accidents tonight.
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