Thanksgiving weekend wrecks claim five lives

Published 3:27 pm Monday, November 26, 2018

JACKSON (AP) — Five people have died in wrecks on Mississippi highways during the Thanksgiving holiday period.

Mississippi Highway Patrol Capt. Johnny Poulos says that on Saturday, 61-year-old George Henyard Jr. of Morgan City, Louisiana, got his foot stuck in the tire of all-terrain vehicle on which he was riding.

Henyard was taken by helicopter to a Jackson hospital and later died.

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Two Thursday crashes killed four people. Three people died in a five-vehicle wreck on Interstate 59 near Lumberton. Also Thursday, Brandi N. Bishop of Aliceville, Alabama, died on U.S. 45 Alternate near Prairie when her vehicle rear-ended an 18-wheel truck.

Poulos says troopers investigated 200 crashes between Wednesday and Sunday with 59 people injured. He says troopers issued more than 6,500 citations and made 98 DUI arrests.