A pair of rear-end collisions on Highway 82 in Starkville Tuesday sent three people to Oktibbeha County Hospital. Law enforcement continues to investigate the accidents. Photo by: Courtesy photo
October 19, 2012 10:29:27 AM
Two collisions on U.S. Highway 82 on Tuesday happened within a few hours of each other, but also within a few hundred feet of each other as well.
Neither accident resulted in any fatalities, but three people were sent to the Oktibbeha County Hospital Regional Medical Center.
The first of the two wrecks happened around 7:30 a.m. and involved an 18-wheeler, which had slowed and stopped for a school bus that was picking up children.
Shavona Gibson, who was driving eastbound in a blue Hyundai Accent, reportedly told the Mississippi Highway Patrol that the sun had made it difficult to see prior to rear-ending the 18-wheeler.
According to MHP Corp. Criss Turnipseed, Gibson suffered both a broken hip and leg and was taken to OCH.
The school bus was not involved in the accident, but Oktibbeha County Fire Services Coordinator Kirk Rosenhan said that two other cars were damaged by debris.
Later that day, around 3:30 p.m. the Oktibbeha County District 3 Fire and Rescue were called to another wreck, this time headed westbound on U.S Highway 82.
Responders were forced to use hydraulic rescue tools to extricate two occupants from a white Dodge Stratus after it reportedly collided with a blue Ford F150, rear-ending the truck, similar to the earlier accident.
Tasha McKinney and an unnamed passenger were taken to OCH with minor injuries.
The Mississippi Highway Patrol is continuing investigations of both incidents.
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