A 2010 Reader's Digest article revealed the worst, deadliest and the best roads in America. All fifty states were ranked, according to safest roads, most dangerous roads, most scenic roads and most "sensible" roads. In this particular article the top ten states for deadly speeding and DUIs were also listed. The state of Mississippi ranked number six among the top ten states with the deadliest roads. Mississippi also ranked 6th for the deadliest roads for impaired drivers, and 2nd for roads driven at excessive speeds.
Deadly Roads for Pedestrians
When talking about dangerous roads, pedestrians and bicyclists must also be factored into the equation. Between the years 2003 and 2012, 527 pedestrians were killed in Mississippi. Generally speaking, arterial roads which move auto traffic quickly with minimal delays have become the main streets of communities, typically being surrounded by office complexes, shopping centers and apartments. In Mississippi, 18.1 percent of all pedestrian deaths occurred on arterial roads.
Which Roads are Mississippi's Most Dangerous?
In an article titled America's 100 Deadliest Highways, Mississippi had three of the most deadly roads:
- I-20 - Coming in at number 55, I-20 in Mississippi had 0.66 fatalities per mile.
- I-55 - At number 63, Mississippi's I-55 made the list, with 0.61 fatalities per mile.
- I-59 - At number 73, I-59 made the top 100, with 0.55 fatalities per mile.
Last week, two people were killed after being struck by a Canadian National train in Hazlehurst. According to WJTV News Channel 12, the incident happened at about 6:15 p.m. on Friday, October 10, 2014. For currently unknown reasons, one man and two children were sitting on train tracks near the Frost Street intersection prior to being struck. Sadly, the adult and one child were killed in collision, and the other child was rushed to UMC for treatment of injuries.
Deadly Train Crash Under Investigation
Andrew Gilmore, 43 years old, took his cousins three-year-old Rashad and four-year-old Rene out for a snack on Friday. There was some concern that Gilmore had a medical condition that lead to sitting on the train tracks. Initial reports indicate that the horn was blown. This tragic crash is still under investigation with the Hazlehurst Police Department, the Copiah County Coroner and CN Police.
Accidents Involving Trains and Pedestrians
Pedestrian versus train accidents rarely end well. There's just no way to take on a vehicle that big, no matter how fast it's moving. Even at relatively low speeds, a collision with a train can be deadly. They can't stop on a dime either, so even if an engineer is trying to stop the train, it may not prevent injury or death to the pedestrian. The most important part of any train accident investigation is determining if all crossing arms, signals and lights were working at the time of the crash.
Whether a train or a car has injured them, pedestrians who suffer personal injuries are often out of work and in the hospital. Pedestrians don't have the benefit of seatbelts, air bags or steel cages. They are one of the most vulnerable roadway user groups, especially child pedestrians. If your medical bills are piling up and you are recovering from injuries after a pedestrian accident, it's time to contact an attorney. Getting your life back together starts with a call to an experienced personal injury lawyer in Jackson. The team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC sends their deepest condolences to the Gilmore family and wishes a speedy and full recovery to Rene Gilmore.
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On Tuesday afternoon, two men were injured after their car was struck by a train in Copiah County. According to WJTV News Channel 12, 25-year-old Cyrus Reese and 28-year-old Clinton Robertson were in a Ford Taurus that got struck by a northbound Amtrak train at the Beall Road crossing. Witness reports indicate that the train was blowing its horn prior to the collision.
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