Icy conditions cause more than 50 accidents in DeSoto County

Icy conditions cause more than 50 accidents in DeSoto County
(Source: WMC Action News 5)
(Source: WMC Action News 5)

DESOTO COUNTY, MS (WMC) - Vehicles in ditches and tractor-trailers turned sideways were some of the 50 accidents emergency crews in DeSoto County responded to on Friday alone.

The wintry mix fell so fast that drivers had to stop and pull over to scrape their windows just to see where they were going. As soon as the ice began pelting North Mississippi, accidents started piling up.

Freezing rain forced Lee Voyer to make an impromptu exit.

"It's terrible. I shouldn't have gone from the house in the first place," she said.

Brian Galloway had a similar problem. He thought he was getting out of town until he was stopped in his icy tracks.

"I actually pulled over twice; my windshield froze up," he said. "They detoured me off the interstate, I was heading out of town but I guess I'll be going back home."

DeSoto County Sheriff's Department responded to almost 50 wrecks by early afternoon, including an overturned county truck that was responsible for spreading salt and gravel to keep other drivers safe.

"You see people hitting the brake before they hit bridges, that's the worst thing you can do," said driver Clay Smith.

Two people were killed in Alcorn County as a result of the icy roads. In DeSoto County, though, nobody was seriously hurt.

DeSoto County Sheriff's Department activated its inclement weather policy. For an emergency dial 911 and non-emergency 662-469-8027.

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