Hurley Residents Say Track Could Prevent Future ATV Fatalities - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

05/15/05

Hurley Residents Say Track Could Prevent Future ATV Fatalities

Tim Miles drove many miles Sunday afternoon so his son TJ could ride four wheelers with his friends on his birthday.

The Gautier resident says there were two big reasons he made the trip to Red Creek Off Road ATV park in George County, fun and safety.

"It's a very safe place to ride. There's not many places that, I guess legally, you can ride," Miles says.

Park owner Marie Burge says Miles isn't the only one, she hears the very same complaint from all of her customers.

"They always tell me there's no place to ride, no place to ride," Burge says.

Red Creek Off Road is one of only a few ATV parks in South Mississippi.

But after a four wheeler accident left two Hurley boys dead, the Hurley community says South Mississippi needs more parks, and they need one in Hurley.

"Dirt hurts, but the road kills. I'd rather wreck on a track than the road," Hurley resident Ryan Anderson says.

"The only place we have right now is out on the streets and in people's back yards and in the woods. Even in the woods you have stumps and fallen trees. So we need a good safe place for kids to go and enjoy themselves and be safe about it," Hurley resident Stan Brazell says.

Brazell says almost every household in the area has an ATV and traveling an hour or more to Red Creek Off Road is not a practical alternative.

"Really don't have time to go up there, it's a pretty good haul," Anderson says.

Last week's loss now has Hurley residents thinking twice when they get behind the wheel of an ATV.

"We're guilty of it. I've ridden on the streets, my kids have ridden on the streets. But as of that tragedy last week, we will not ride on the streets again," Hurley resident Neal Grant says.

But a park like this in Hurley, they say, would help keep riders off the road for good and give them a more safe, fun place to spin their wheels.

"It'd definitely be a lot safer," Grant says.

Jackson County Board of Supervisors President Manly Barton says he will look into the idea of an ATV track, but says there is still a lot of research to be done before pursuing the plan.

By Jaimee Goad

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Hwy. 57 bridge may have to be replaced before it reopens

    Hwy. 57 bridge may have to be replaced before it reopens

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 12:53 PM EDT2017-09-19 16:53:33 GMT
    There appears to be a hole straight through the pavement on the roadway. (Photo source: WLOX)There appears to be a hole straight through the pavement on the roadway. (Photo source: WLOX)

    Officials with the Mississippi Department of Transportation said the damage is still being assessed, and it's possible the bridge will have to be replaced before it can reopen. 

    More >>

    Officials with the Mississippi Department of Transportation said the damage is still being assessed, and it's possible the bridge will have to be replaced before it can reopen. 

    More >>
  • Man in critical condition after overnight shooting in Moss Point

    Man in critical condition after overnight shooting in Moss Point

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 11:59 AM EDT2017-09-19 15:59:25 GMT
    (Photo source: File)(Photo source: File)

    A 28-year-old man is in critical condition after an overnight shooting in Moss Point. Police Chief Calvin Hutchins said the victim was shot inside his home on Tela Dr.

    More >>

    A 28-year-old man is in critical condition after an overnight shooting in Moss Point. Police Chief Calvin Hutchins said the victim was shot inside his home on Tela Dr.

    More >>
  • All clear at St. Martin Middle School after bomb threat

    All clear at St. Martin Middle School after bomb threat

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 10:17 AM EDT2017-09-19 14:17:44 GMT
    All clear after bomb threat at St. Martin Middle SchoolAll clear after bomb threat at St. Martin Middle School
    Authorities evacuated St. Martin Middle School Tuesday morning after a bomb threat. Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell said a threatening note was found at the school. Ezell said deputies checked the school and found nothing.  “We feel right now it is a prank. We went through the school and believe everything is OK,” Ezell told WLOX News Now. Jackson County Schools Superintendent Dr. Barry Amacker said the situation was resolved quickly. “The school took the n...More >>
    Authorities evacuated St. Martin Middle School Tuesday morning after a bomb threat. Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell said a threatening note was found at the school. Ezell said deputies checked the school and found nothing.  “We feel right now it is a prank. We went through the school and believe everything is OK,” Ezell told WLOX News Now. Jackson County Schools Superintendent Dr. Barry Amacker said the situation was resolved quickly. “The school took the n...More >>
Powered by Frankly