Ripley man escapes serious injury after car-truck crash

By Hank Wiesner/Southern Sentinel

RIPLEY – Friday the 13th is a day James Peters, 28, of Ripley will remember for a long time.

Peters is recovering after the car he was driving was destroyed in a collision with an 18-wheeler about 11:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13 on Miss. 15 in front of Ashley Furniture.

He had just gotten off work at Ashley, and was in the company driveway at the intersection with Miss. 15. He went to put on his seat belt, and that’s the last thing he remembers before the crash. He was alone in the 1987 Chevy Cavalier.

Following the wreck, he crawled out of his vehicle and was talking when his wife, Crystal, arrived on the scene, she said.

He sustained scrapes and bruises, but was not seriously injured.

He was transported by ambulance to Tippah County Hospital, then taken to North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was released Monday, Jan. 16, but is expected to be off work until at least late February.

The name of the other driver wasn’t available. The Mississippi Highway Patrol investigated the wreck. Phone calls to the Highway Patrol seeking more information weren’t returned.