Single-car accident injures nine on Mississippi highway (car was only rated to carry five)

Published 10:18 am Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Mississippi State Highway Patrol troopers responded to a single-vehicle accident Wednesday morning in which nine people were injured — the car only had seats for five people.

Troopers report the accident occurred in Pearl River County at approximately 6:43 a.m. Wednesday on Interstate 59 near the 43-mile marker.

The passenger car involved in the wreck had a legal capacity to safely transport only five people, with a seatbelt for each of those five.

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With nine people in the car the safety factor of the vehicle was far exceeded and clearly several of the passengers could not have been wearing a seatbelt.