By Robbie Ward
TUPELO – Snow and icy conditions in Tupelo and Lee County resulted in a higher number of traffic accidents than usual this morning, but only a few minor injuries in the city have been reported.
A mix of snow and ice brought some hazardous patches throughout the city and county. Lee County road crews and Tupelo public works employees have used a few tons of salt on roads and streets.
Bridges in the city haven’t seen many accidents. Instead, intersections and elevated streets have been of highest concern.
From about 6 a.m. to just after 9, Tupelo Police chief Bart Aguirre said roughly 10 accidents were reported, a significantly higher number than usual. Areas where accidents have occurred include along north and south Gloster Street and Coley Road, especially at the Cliff Gookin Boulevard intersection.
Aguirre urged those who drive in the area to decrease speed to help lower potential for traffic accidents.
“Speed is going to be the main culprit in this kind of thing,” he said.
Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson said a few vehicles slid off the roads and needed assistance, but no major accidents were reported.
Tupelo Municipal Court, Lee County Courthouse and other government offices are closed today. However, Tupelo City Hall remains open. Trash pickup in both the city and county will not happen today. Pickup scheduled today in Tupelo will be picked up on Friday, while Lee County pickups planned for today will happen on Saturday.
No power outages have been reported in the city or county.
Local officials have requested people stay off streets and roads today unless necessary.
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