Icy roads led to hundreds of 911 calls for help - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Icy roads led to hundreds of 911 calls for help

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) -

Over the last several days, just about every person we talked with said the same thing. The roads are too slick. Stay home. Don't drive. The warnings came after we all got caught off guard by the Friday night ice storm that initially paralyzed South Mississippi. That wintry mix created nightmares on Interstate 10 and Highway 49.

Between that storm, and this week's wicked weather that turned roads into ice rinks, dispatchers have been bombarded by 911 calls from people involved in wrecks.

We're just starting to get a tally on the number of accidents across the coast caused by last Friday's ice storm, and the freezing precipitation that fell Tuesday and Wednesday. We've heard from 13 law enforcement agencies so far. They tell us they responded to nearly 360 fender benders linked to slippery roads.

About two dozen people suffered injuries in those wrecks. However, the injuries were all non-life threatening.

Those numbers really give you perspective about how dangerous the ice storm was, and how fortunate we were that nobody got seriously hurt.

MS Hwy Patrol 162
Jackson County 13
Pascagoula 4
Moss Point 5
Harrison County
17
Waveland 0
D'Iberville 14
Biloxi 33
Ocean Springs 11
Gulfport 88
Hancock County 11
Long Beach 2
Pass Christian 0

We'll add more numbers as we hear from the remaining agencies.

Copyright 2014 WLOX. All rights reserved.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Jury to hear more evidence before deciding life or death for Scotty Street

    Jury to hear more evidence before deciding life or death for Scotty Street

    Thursday, July 27 2017 8:05 AM EDT2017-07-27 12:05:33 GMT
    Scotty Lakeith Street (Photo source: D'Iberville Police Dept.)Scotty Lakeith Street (Photo source: D'Iberville Police Dept.)

    A Jackson County jury has found Scotty Street guilty of capital murder in the 2014 stabbing death of Frankie Fairley.

    More >>

    A Jackson County jury will hear a second day of evidence before heading back to a conference room and determining whether Scotty Street should receive the death penalty. That jury found Street guilty of capital murder in the 2014 stabbing death of Frankie Fairley, the retired special education teacher from Hurley.

    More >>
  • D'Iberville hosts three-day redfish tournament

    D'Iberville hosts three-day redfish tournament

    Thursday, July 27 2017 8:01 AM EDT2017-07-27 12:01:30 GMT
    Fishermen set sail from the D'Iberville boat launch to compete in the Elite Redfish Series tournament (Photo Source: WLOX News Now)Fishermen set sail from the D'Iberville boat launch to compete in the Elite Redfish Series tournament (Photo Source: WLOX News Now)

    A three day fishing tournament brings some of the best professional anglers to South Mississippi. Opening ceremonies for the third and final event of the Yamaha Outboards Eastern Division Redfish Elite Tournament started at sunrise. Once the formal portion of the tournament ended, fishermen boarded their boats and headed out to reel in redfish.

    More >>

    A three day fishing tournament brings some of the best professional anglers to South Mississippi. Opening ceremonies for the third and final event of the Yamaha Outboards Eastern Division Redfish Elite Tournament started at sunrise. Once the formal portion of the tournament ended, fishermen boarded their boats and headed out to reel in redfish.

    More >>
  • WLOX Editorial: Time for Mississippi to do the same

    WLOX Editorial: Time for Mississippi to do the same

    Wednesday, July 26 2017 11:32 AM EDT2017-07-26 15:32:26 GMT

    This Friday and Saturday is the state of Mississippi's annual sales tax holiday. It's a chance to save 7% on clothing and shoes. This is a good thing, it gives parents an opportunity to save money on back to school clothes. 

    More >>

    This Friday and Saturday is the state of Mississippi's annual sales tax holiday. It's a chance to save 7% on clothing and shoes. This is a good thing, it gives parents an opportunity to save money on back to school clothes. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly