August 5, 2009 11:00:00 AM
A four-car pileup at the Wal-Mart stoplight on Highway 45 Tuesday night sent a Columbus police officer to the hospital with injuries.
At 6:55 p.m. the Lowndes County E911 office fielded a call about the accident, said Columbus Police Department Public Information Officer Terrie Songer.
Robbin Glover Jr., of 45 Parra Drive in Columbus, driving southbound in a white 1996 Dodge extended-cab pick-up truck, looked down when the cell phone in his pocket rang, Songer said.
"He looked up," Songer said, "and there was our police department car. He slammed into it, the next one into the next one, and it was a rippling effect."
CPD Patrolman Lance Luckey was directly in front of him in a green 1995 Ford F-150 Special Response Team vehicle. Luckey was on duty, on his way to training, Songer said.
The impact sent Luckey''s vehicle toward a silver 2000 Nissan Maxima, Songer said, and the Maxima hit a tan 2003 Buick Century.
Luckey was injured and in pain after the incident; he was sent to Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle, where he received X-rays, Songer said.
The Mississippi Highway Patrol is investigating the incident.
ken commented at 8/6/2009 1:45:00 PM:
The Truth of the Matter is...he probaly was texting, and looking at his phone. I have been on the hiways and have saw even the Police talking and texting..it should be against the law.
hk commented at 8/6/2009 2:36:00 PM:
And--none of them wear their seat belt--IT IS THE LAW--buckle up!
tll commented at 8/6/2009 7:27:00 PM:
I happen to know that this police officer was wearing a seat belt which thankfully kept his injuries from being more serious than they were.Hopefully,everyone involved was!
tom commented at 8/7/2009 9:16:00 PM:
This officer ALWAYS wears his seat belt. and yes texting and talking on the phone while driving should have stronger penalties, but I will bet that the driver of the Ram will think twice before he does it again. By the way for anyone concerned Lance is doing well. And I would like to personally thank all of the officers and firemen who stayed with Lance and took care of him. You all know who you are to everyone who called and came by the hospital, I thank you for your concern and prayers.
will commented at 8/8/2009 5:09:00 AM:
they just passed a new law in ms if you are caught texting while driving it is a $500.00 fine and if you have an accident while texting its $1000.00 and yes lance was wearing his seat belt i know because i opened the his door at the scene to check him out and see how bad he was injured.
hld commented at 8/11/2009 9:40:00 AM:
It is not a new law for everyone, it only applies to teenagers. And for a message to Ken, some police officers need to text and talk. That is why they have texting plans, these are county/city issued phones. Sometimes they are in a situation where the other officer can not talk on the phone....
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