Ole Miss Police: Confederate statue damaged in crash

Courtesy: Dana Williams

OXFORD, Miss. (WJTV)– University of Mississippi campus police are investigating after a car crashed into a Confederate monument.

The crash happened Saturday evening on Rebel Drive. Police say the driver is suspected of being intoxicated at the time of the incident. The driver and passenger were taken to nearby hospital.

The brass plaque and the base of the statue were damaged.

Photo courtesy: James M. Thomas

According to the university police’s twitter page, there is no indication to believe the crash was deliberate.

The full extent of the damage to the statue is being determined.  The Facilities Management Department is storing the damaged pieces during the investigation.

University officials said a thorough review by a structural engineer would be needed to determine the full extent of the damage to the statue.

They said that the crash didn’t involve current or former employees or students.

 

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