Man injured in fiery crash on North Washington Street

Published 9:04 pm Wednesday, October 21, 2020

A Vicksburg man was severely injured in an early morning wreck Wednesday at the intersection of North Washington Street and U.S. 61 North.

The man was taken by ambulance to Merit Health River Region and later flown by helicopter to University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. Information on his condition was unavailable.

According to Vicksburg police reports the wreck occurred about 1:30 a.m.

An officer saw a white Cadillac Escalade traveling at a high rate of speed on North Washington Street and followed it.

The officer lost sight of the car but continued traveling in its last known direction until he found it after it had crashed near the intersection of North Washington and U.S. 61 North.

Vicksburg Fire Chief Craig Danczyk said Engine 9 from the fire department’s Waltersville Station was dispatched to a call about a car in a ditch on fire at the intersection of North Washington and U.S. 61 North and arrived to find the car fully involved and the driver outside the car. The firefighters did not know if the man was ejected or got out of the car by himself.

In another case, a 9mm Taurus handgun was reported taken about 12:44 p.m. Tuesday by a man who came to the police department and reported that someone broke into his vehicle while it was parked in the 2100 block of Clay Street on Oct. 16.

There were no signs of forced entry, police said.

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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