MDOT removes memorial at deadly intersection - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

MDOT removes memorial at deadly intersection

Posted: Updated:
A Copiah County mother says MDOT workers removed a memorial to her four loved ones Thursday near the intersection where they were killed. (Source: Family) A Copiah County mother says MDOT workers removed a memorial to her four loved ones Thursday near the intersection where they were killed. (Source: Family)
Rebecca Teasley's grandmother and three children were killed in a crash at the intersection of Highway 27 and Lee Avenue Nov. 14. Rebecca Teasley's grandmother and three children were killed in a crash at the intersection of Highway 27 and Lee Avenue Nov. 14.
COPIAH COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A Copiah County mother says Mississippi Department of Transportation workers removed a memorial to her four loved ones Thursday near the intersection where they were killed.

"It takes a heartless person to go out and remove a memorial," Rebecca Teasley said.

Teasley says MDOT workers told her Wednesday that the four crosses had to be moved because they were in the way of mowers.

MDOT officials told us Thursday the crosses were in the right-of-way and would hamper mowing efforts. They also say the memorial could be a distraction for motorists at the intersection.

"You aren't to have any type of encroachment or distraction on the roadway or the right-of-way boundaries," said State Department of Transportation Executive Director Melinda McGrath,

McGrath says the crosses were within the right-of-way and could have also been a distraction to motorists at an already dangerous crossing.

Teasley is also upset that nothing has been done to fix the dangerous intersection where her grandmother and three children were killed.

"Many people have died at this intersection.  It's like instead of trying to fix the intersection they're concerned about four crosses that reminds people how dangerous this intersection is," Teasley said.

The accident happened Nov. 14 at the intersection of Highway 27 and Lee Avenue.  Anita Joan Teasley, 67, of Crystal Springs entered the intersection and was hit by an 18-wheeler that was traveling south on Highway 27.

Anita Joan Teasley was killed, along with 6-year-old Gavin Tompkins, 3-year-old Gunner Tompkins and 15-month-old MaKenna Bass.

MDOT officials say the right-of-way extends 30 feet from the roadway along most state highways.

Rebecca Teasley says he plans to replace the memorial with another one nearby.

Copyright 2013 MSNewsNow. All rights reserved.

  • MDOT removes memorial at deadly intersectionMore>>

  • 3 children, 1 adult killed in Copiah Co. crash

    3 children, 1 adult killed in Copiah Co. crash

    Thursday, April 18 2013 2:28 PM EDT2013-04-18 18:28:40 GMT
    Four people are dead in a two vehicle accident in Copiah County around 7:30 this morning, and three of them are small children. The accident, involving an 18-wheeler and a Chevy Cobalt, occurred at theMore >>
    Four people were killed in a two vehicle accident in Copiah County around 7:30 this morning, and three of them are small children. The accident, involving an 18-wheeler and a Chevy Cobalt, occurred at the intersection of Highway 27 and Lee Road.More >>
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Pearl High School student takes dream date to prom

    Pearl High School student takes dream date to prom

    Saturday, April 19 2014 12:26 AM EDT2014-04-19 04:26:01 GMT
    18-year-old Jacob Daniels can barely wipe the smile off his face, in anticipation of his Senior Prom Friday night. His mother Lori helps him try on his tuxedo as he talks about the dream girl he'll beMore >>
    Eighteen-year-old Jacob Daniels can barely wipe the smile off his face, in anticipation of his Senior Prom Friday night. His mother Lori helps him try on his tuxedo as he talks about the dream girl he'll be arm in arm with.
    More >>
  • Biloxi bakery celebrates 90 sweet years in business

    Biloxi bakery celebrates 90 sweet years in business

    Saturday, April 19 2014 6:54 AM EDT2014-04-19 10:54:05 GMT
    A Biloxi bakery has many people thinking of delicious pastries for Easter time. And they've been doing it for nine decades! The Electrik Maid Bake Shop is celebrating 90 years in the baking business.More >>
    A Biloxi bakery has many people thinking of delicious pastries for Easter time. And they've been doing it for nine decades! The Electrik Maid Bake Shop is celebrating 90 years in the baking business.More >>
  • Water advisories issued for 6 areas of the beach

    Water advisories issued for 6 areas of the beach

    Saturday, April 19 2014 7:55 AM EDT2014-04-19 11:55:08 GMT
    Advisories have been issued for several sections of the beach in Harrison and Hancock counties. The beaches aren't closed, but there may be an increased risk of illness associated with swimming in these areas.More >>
    Advisories have been issued for several sections of the beach in Harrison and Hancock counties. The beaches aren't closed, but there may be an increased risk of illness associated with swimming in these six areas.
    More >>
Powered by WorldNow

208 DeBuys Road
Biloxi, MS 39531
(228) 896-1313

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WLOX. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.