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Deadly Independence Day Weekend on the Highways: At Least Seven Die in Miss.

WOODVILLE, Miss.–As of Monday morning at least five people had died on highways patrolled by the Miss. Highway Patrol during their Independence Day enforcement period. The last one happened near Woodville, when a woman died after a truck pulling a boat rolled over on her.

That happened on Hwy. 24, about 3 p.m. Sunday. Edna Wilson, 85, of Woodville had tried to get her van off the road when she had car trouble, but couldn’t get it all the way off the highway. Just as she got out to see what was happening with the van, a truck that was pulling a boat tried to pass her and the boat hit the van.

The truck rolled over Wilson. She died at a hospital in Baton Rouge. Neither the driver of the truck nor his son were hurt.

In Newton County, Saturday night at almost midnight, a 23-year-old woman was killed when the 1998 Grand Am she was riding in hit a tree. The driver , and 18-year-old man, was taken to the hospital.

Friday night in Holmes County, a 44-year-old man was killed on Hwy. 49 when his truck hit a tree. The passenger survived and was taken to the hospital.

Just a couple of hours before that wreck, a 75-year-old woman was killed on I-10 in Jackson County, when her car rolled.

The first deadly wreck of the holiday enforcement period happened about 3 in the morning Friday on Hwy. 98, near McClain in George County. A 2002 Nissan pickup rolled and the 22-year-old driver was ejected and killed. Lt. Johnny Poulos, with the Highway Patrol, said that driver was not wearing a seat belt. The passenger was taken to the local hospital.

Poulos said that, as of Sunday morning, there had been 4,895 tickets given out, with 184 DUI arrests. and 91 wrecks investigated.

That number does not include local jurisdictions, which are not monitored by the Highway Patrol.

In Monroe County Sidney Lee Garth, 69, of Memphis, was killed on a county road near Wren when he hit a tree and was not wearing his seat belt.

In Stone County Mylinda Beech died in a wreck on Old Hwy. 49 about 7:30 Saturday night when she hit a tree. Her son was injured, but survived.


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