Accident knocks out traffic lights

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 13, 2000

A four-vehicle accident Thursday left two men injured and knocked out the traffic lights at one of the Natchez’s busiest intersections.

Natchez police said at around 5:53 p.m. a 1973 Ford pickup truck driven by Sam Jones, 60, of Natchez, lost control as he traveled north on D’Evereux Drive heading toward the intersection of Lynda Lee Drive and U.S. 61 near the weigh station.

According to reports, Jones’ truck side-swiped a 1993 Plymouth Colt driven by Kenyada Snell, 21, of Natchez. Then, police said, Jones’ truck collided with a 1999 Plymouth van driven by Adrian Bowman, 63, of Griffith, Ind., forcing Bowman’s vehicle into the back of a 1999 Ford car driven by Charles E. Ostrander, 52, of Brandon.

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Natchez Police Chief Willie Huff said Jones’ truck continued moving and struck the traffic control box in the median, &uot;totally demolishing the electronic equipment.&uot;

&uot;It looked like a crushed Coke can,&uot; Huff said, explaining that the impact made the lights inoperable.

Police have put up stop signs and will be carefully monitoring the intersection, Huff said.

Jones and his passenger, Thomas Ross, 41, of Natchez were transported to Natchez Community Hospital with minor injuries. Huff said no charges have been filed in the accident.

Damage to the traffic lights is expected to cause traffic delays this morning.

&uot;It’s going to be congested,&uot; Huff said. &uot;We’ll have officers out to direct traffic in the morning. But people are urged to take extra time on the way to work and school.&uot;

Huff said it may be as late as Saturday before the lights are repaired.