JACKSON, Mississippi (WJTV) – The Mississippi Highway Patrol (MHP) is releasing statistics for the 2016 Thanksgiving holiday.
In a written release MHP Captain Johnny Poulos says that, during the enforcement period beginning Wednesday, November 23 at 6:00pm and ending Sunday, November 27 at midnight, the MHP issued and/or responded to the following:
- 5,309 citations
- 67 DUI arrests
- 171 motor vehicle crashes (67 injuries, 2 fatalities)
According to Captain Poulos, the MHP “SWAT team responded to Grenada, MS based on a request by the Grenada police department for assistance concerning a hostage situation. On the same day, State Troopers responded to Hattiesburg, MS based on a request by the Hattiesburg police department for assistance concerning an officer involved shooting.”
The two deadly crashes were reported in Wayne and LeFlore County. Both crashes remain under investigation. The release from the MHP on the crashes reads as follows:
“On Thursday, November 24, 2016 at approximately 1:17 a.m., the Mississippi Highway Patrol responded to a fatal crash involving two vehicles in Leflore County. A 2003 Lexus passenger car driven by Carnell Gardner, 42, of Itta Bena, MS was traveling Eastbound on U.S. 82. A 2016 Freightliner driven by Eric Trusty, 28, of Grenada, MS was traveling Westbound on U.S. 82. The 2003 Lexus left the roadway with the driver losing control. The 2003 Lexus reentered U.S. 82 crossing the centerline and collided head on with the 2016 Freightliner. Carnell Gardner was pronounced dead on scene.
On Sunday, November 27, 2016 at approximately 9:06 a.m., the Mississippi Highway Patrol responded to a single vehicle fatal crash in Wayne County. A 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer driven by Michael Trau, 60, of Avon, Illinois was traveling Northbound on MS45. Vehicle left the roadway with driver losing control and overturned. Right front passenger Amy Trau, 60, of Avon, Illinois was ejected from vehicle and pronounced dead at Wayne County General hospital.”
The MHP is working to increase safety awareness in advance of the December holiday season.