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MDOT removes memorial at deadly intersection

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.

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