By Danza Johnson/NEMS Daily Journal
Icy road conditions have resulted in dozens of accidents and at least two fatalities in Northeast Mississippi.
According to the Mississippi Highway Patrol, fatalities are being investigated in Monroe and Alcorn counties. The names of the victim in the Monroe accident has not released.
Unfortunately, the icy conditions claimed the life of an Alcorn County man. Approximately 6:20 am, Felipe Manguila,44, of Corinth, was traveling west bound on US 72, in a Ford F-150, when he apparently lost control of his vehicle while crossing an icy bridge. The truck left the road and overturned several times in the median before striking another vehicle that was stopped on the side of the road. Manguila was ejected from the vehicle. He was not wearing his seat belt. A passenger in Manguila’s vehicle was uninjured.
Trooper Ray Hall said since roads started to freeze at 5 a.m. this morning troopers have responded to more than 50 traffic collisions and at least 30 other incidents where cars had to be pulled from ditches. Hall said there have been a couple of serious injuries and several minor injuries.
“We are swamped,” said Hall.
No serious accidents have been reported in Tupelo or Lee County, according to authorities. Tupelo Police Lt. Tim Clouse said there have been a few reports of vehicles sliding off the roads.