Driver, victim identified in fatal Madison accident

Victim in fatal crash identified as 40-year-old Jason Bradley Busby

Photo: WJTV

UPDATE: 12/22/2016 11:50am Captain Kevin Newman of the Madison Police Department says the driver of the vehicle that may have caused the crash has been identified as 32-year-old Leronnie Joseph Michael of Jackson.  He is listed in critical condition at UMMC.

A written release issued by Capt. Newman reads as follows: “A 2013 Volkswagen Passat was observed by witnesses traveling southbound in the northbound lane of Interstate 55 just south of the Highway 463 exit (behind the Malco Theater).  Other vehicles proceeding northbound on the Interstate took evasive action to avoid the on-coming vehicle.  As the Volkswagen Passat proceeded against traffic and neared the south city limits it collided head-on with a 2016 Nissan Maxima which was proceeding northbound driven by Mr. Busby.  Two other vehicles received collateral damage as a result of the accident.  No drivers or passengers of those vehicles were injured.  There were no other persons in the two colliding vehicles other than the drivers…”

Police say that alcohol and drug testing of both drivers is pending and is standard practice in all fatal accident investigations.

UPDATE: 12/22/2016 10:49am The traffic incident has been cleared.  The case, however, remains under investigation.

UPDATE: 12/22/2016 10:29am All northbound lanes of I-55 near mile marker 107 remain closed at this time.

UPDATE: 12/22/2016 9:06am The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) says that a portion of I-55 near mile marker 107 will be closed at 9:30am for additional investigation into last night’s fatal accident in Madison.

The victim, 40-year-old Jason Bradley Busby died from his injuries.

Madison Police said I-55 northbound will be closed for about 45 minutes starting at 9:30 a.m. Law enforcement officers will complete forensic  mapping of the accident site.

Officials with the City of Madison and Madison Police Department say a detour route is established along the Frontage Road.



UPDATE: 12/22/2016 7:20am Names of those involved in last night’s fatal accident in Madison have not yet been released pending notification of family.

UPDATE: 12/22/2016 6:55am Author, speaker, and cartoonist for “The Clarion-Ledger” Marshall Ramsey Tweeted this morning that he was a witness to part of last night’s accident, and narrowly avoided being hit.  He indicates, however, that the accident will always be a part of him.  Some of his Tweets are below:






Photo Credit: Mississippi Department of Transportation (
Photo Credit: Mississippi Department of Transportation (

Original Story:

MADISON, Mississippi (WJTV) A fatal crash in Madison, Mississippi remains under investigation this morning.

In a written release Major Robert Sanders with the Madison Police Department says his department received a call last night, December 21, 2016, at approximately 10:17pm that a vehicle was headed southbound in the northbound lane of I-55.  He said, “While attempting to locate the vehicle, a second call was received of a multiple car accident at the Madison city limits of Interstate 55 near the 107 mile marker.  Officer from the Madison Police Department and the Ridgeland Police Department arrive on the scene and discovered a )four-car) accident.  Air Care from the University (of Mississippi) Medical Center transported two individuals from the scene; one of which later succumbed to his injuries.  The identity of the deceased is not being released pending notification of family.”

This is a developing story.  More information will be posted as soon as it is available.


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