Vicksburg man critical after wrecking motorcycle

Published 12:00 am Saturday, March 12, 2011

A Vicksburg man was in critical condition at a Jackson hospital Friday night after a motorcycle wreck Friday morning in Warren County.

Christopher Barnett, 46, 2410 Fonsylvania Road, was at University Medical Center in Jackson Friday, hospital spokesman Bruce Coleman said. Barnett was flown to UMC after being taken to River Region Medical Center following a wreck at the intersection of Halls Ferry Road and Timberlane Drive earlier in the day, Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace said.

Pace said Barnett was riding his motorcycle north on Halls Ferry Road near Timberlane Drive — less than 1/2 mile from Southpark Elementary Schoool — when he rode into a ditch to try to avoid hitting a garbage truck that had turned from Timberlane Drive into the southbound lanes of Halls Ferry Road.

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As Barnett, who was wearing a helmet, was riding out of the ditch, officials believe he fell off the motorcycle and hit the truck, driven by Raymond Wilson, 61, 2025 Rodney Road, Port Gibson, Pace said.

Wilson did not require medical attention and no citations were issued.