MHP releases call numbers from storm

Mississippi_Highway_PatrolBy Stephanie Rebman

Daily Journal

The Mississippi Highway Patrol responded to 363 calls in the past two days due to winter storms.

According to spokesman Ray Hall, every trooper in the northern region worked during the time frame to ensure public safety. The region includes Starkville, Greenwood, Batesville and New Albany districts. The most calls were recorded in New Albany’s Troop F, which responded to 124 service calls.

The icy roads were to blame for two fatalities. Both were recorded on Tuesday. One in Troop D on Mississippi Highway 35 and one in Troop G on U.S. Hwy. 45. Troop F recorded no fatalities.

Troopers worked around the clock, worked overtime and had troopers from other parts of the state brought in to help provide assistance during the storm.

“We used all the resources available and made sure we responded to each call quickly and efficiently,” said Troop F Commander Capt. Chad Moore. “We prepared for this storm and made sure public safety would be our top priority. Considering the amount of crashes recorded, no doubt the efforts of our men and women contributed to saving lives.”