||MHP responds to dozens of crashes Saturday night
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) — Saturday's freezing temperatures left many roads and bridges across North Mississippi icy and dangerous for motorists.
Mississippi Highway Patrol Troop F, which covers nine counties in northeast Mississippi, responded to dozens of wrecks in the area.
"By two o'clock this morning, we had responded to nearly 50 calls," said MHP Trooper Ray Hall. "Some of those did require us to do a full investigation."
Hall said it was more than just the 50 calls, however. He said many wrecks were found by troopers before the motorists could call 911.
"We had troopers in place so they could get to those locations quickly and offer assistance," Hall said. "Not only did they offer assistance, but they stayed in those icy areas to warn the traffic as they were approaching those icy bridges."
Hall said every all of the nine counties had crashes or people running off roads due to ice, but fortunately, he said there were no fatalities.
"Again, if we have the same conditions on the roads, we'll put in our plan to put extra troopers on the road, to put in extra hours on the road to make sure that we can keep everyone safe," he explained.
He said motorists should avoid driving on icy roads, if possible. If you do drive, he said your speed should stay under the limit, especially when driving on bridges and overpasses.
"When you get in the middle of the bridge, and your car begins to slide, it's too late then," he explained.
He said if you begin to slide on ice, let your foot off the gas, but never slam on the breaks.
Troop E, which includes Lafayette County, said they also responded to over 50 calls Saturday night.
They said there were no fatalities.