Icy roads cause multiple wrecks across Mississippi – more than half of counties reporting dangerous road conditions

Published 5:40 am Friday, January 19, 2024

Icy roads are still causing headaches for many Mississippians, including law enforcement officials who are asking drivers to avoid traveling in areas of the state where ice is being reported on roads and bridges.

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The Mississippi Department of Transportation reports that as of 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18, 44 counties are reporting ice on roads and bridges: Alcorn, Attala, Benton, Bolivar, Calhoun, Carroll, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Claiborne, Clay, Coahoma, Copiah, DeSoto, Grenada, Holmes, Humphreys, Issaquena, Itawamba, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lee, Leflore, Lowndes, Marshall, Monroe, Oktibbeha, Panola, Pontotoc, Prentiss, Quitman, Sharkey, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tippah, Tishomingo, Tunica, Union, Warren, Washington, Webster, Winston, Yalobusha, and Yazoo.

MDOT advises North Mississippi drivers to stay off the roadways from Grenada to the Tennessee state line.

Unfortunately, melt from earlier in the day was expected to refreeze overnight, making conditions more hazardous before they get better, MDOT officials wrote.

On Thursday, the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office had to attend to numerous incidents of vehicles sliding off the road on Highway¬† 9.

According to WTVA News in Tupelo, rescuers had to extract a motorist from an overturned car. The news station posted photos and videos of several crashes and slide-offs including an ambulance that had slid off the road.

Icy conditions forced Calhoun County deputies to close a section of Highway 9W and Highway 9, north of Bruce, as crews worked to remove nine semi-trucks from the middle of the road.