Woman in wreck remains in hospital

Published 12:00 am Friday, January 29, 2010

A Clinton woman remained in a Jackson hospital this morning and another was treated and released from a Vicksburg hospital after both were pulled from their vehicle that went airborne and crashed into a deep ravine off of U.S. 61 South near Kirkland Road Thursday afternoon.

JoAnn Ward, 35, 151 Broadway St., who was a passenger in a 1992 Chrysler sedan, was in good condition this morning at University Medical Center, hospital spokesman Peggy Wagner said.

She and the driver, Maryanne Myers, 37, same address, were initially taken to River Region Medical Center, where Myers was treated and released, hospital spokesman Allen Karel said.

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The car in which the women were traveling was southbound on the right lane of U.S. 61 South when a semi-truck, driven by Prentiss Cupit, 556 Veto Road, McCall Creek, traveling in the left lane veered into their lane forcing their vehicle into the 25-foot ravine, Mississippi Highway Safety Patrolman Daniel Lewis said.

Lewis said another vehicle, a Ford Taurus, driven by Marcus Stagg, 403 Kirkland Road, had caused the truck to cross into the women’s lane by pulling out into the southbound traffic of the highway from Kirkland Road. Stagg was cited for failure to yield right of way.

Ambulance fails on Interstate 20 run

A Vicksburg Fire Department ambulance carrying a patient to Jackson had broken down on the highway Thursday afternoon.

Capt. Randy Rippy said the two-year-old vehicle was carrying a noncritical patient when it broke down around 1 p.m. near the weigh station on Interstate 20 west.

“This usually doesn’t happen on a run,” he said. He said the equipment had failed, but was not sure of the actual cause of the breakdown.

He said another ambulance was called and arrived in minutes to take the patient to Jackson.

He said the department “normally keeps ambulances for about three years.”

The vehicle is being repaired in Jackson.

Pedestrian hit by car on Ballground Road

A Vicksburg woman remained in a Jackson hospital this morning after being struck by a car Thursday afternoon as she was walking.

Mary Louise Wright, 58, 4250 Ballground Road, was in fair condition at University Medical Center, hospital spokesman Peggy Wagner said.

Wright had been walking west on Ballground Road just after 11:30 a.m. when she was hit by a 2008 Chevrolet Impala driven by her neighbor, Thelma G. Stevens, 75, 1841 Ballground Road, which was also traveling westbound, Sheriff Martin Pace said.

Camera, drugs among missing items

Electronics were reported stolen from a home and an attempted auto theft was reported in the city Thursday.

A Kodak Easyshare digital camera, an iPod Nano, a bottle of prescription Flexeril muscle relaxant and various items of clothing were reported missing at 9:12 p.m. from a home in the 4400 block of Halls Ferry Road.

The owner of a 2009 Dodge Neon reported damages to the vehicle while parked at Vickswood Credit Union, 1825 N. Frontage Road.