The deadly crash happened at Highway 27 and Jackson Street in Crystal Springs.
Crystal Springs, MS -
One person is dead in a serious traffic crash between an SUV and an 18-wheeler in Copiah County. Copiah County Coroner Ellis Stuart says that the victim in the crash is Wendy Perrett Smith, from Georgetown. It happened at the intersection of Highway 27 and North Jackson Street in Crystal Springs around 10 a.m. Tuesday. Police are looking for a third vehicle that they believe started the chain of events that led to the crash.
"We can't even tell you the hundreds of lives and wrecks," says Kim Hebert, who lives in Crystal Springs. "We've had many fatalities here," says Crystal Springs Chief of Police Anthony Parker.
Tuesday's wreck on Highway 27 and North Jackson Street is one of many serious and sometimes deadly accidents on that stretch of highway. "That's a very dangerous intersection," says Parker.
Highway 27 intersects with North Jackson Street, about a mile down the road it intersects with Lee Avenue, another dangerous intersection where people have died.
"They've go to get something here because it's just a matter of who's next," says Hebert. She says she's seen numerous crashes on Lee Avenue and Highway 27, like the one killing her brother, Marty Malone, who died in 2009. In November 2012 a grandmother and three of her grandchildren died at this same intersection. "If something would have been done in 2009, these people may still be alive. These babies may still be alive," says Hebert. Her solution to slow down the traffic is a red light. "We've been trying to tell them they've got to put some kind of red light," says Hebert.
News Channel 12 contacted the Mississippi Department of Transportation to see what they are doing to fix these two dangerous intersections on Highway 27. MDOT installed a caution light at the North Jackson Street intersection. A solution for Lee Avenue is currently in the works, but there's no timeline for when it will happen.
For now, all residents can do is wait. "Please hurry, please hurry and get something done. It's not a matter of when, it's a matter of who's next," says Hebert.