CATEGORY: Lee County



By Cynthia M. Jeffries

Daily Journal

SALTILLO - City officials asked a state highway engineer Friday to look into placing a flashing traffic light at the intersection of U.S. Highway 45 and Euclatubba Road in Saltillo.

The request was made on the heels of a Friday morning accident at that intersection which sent three people to the hospital.

In the year and a half since that four-lane section of the highway has been opened, more than 30 wrecks have been reported at the intersection.

"It looks like something could be done and the highway department has agreed to look into it," said Saltillo Mayor W.K. Webb.

A yield sign is already in place at the intersection requiring those traveling along Euclatubba Road to surrender the right of way to Highway 45 travelers.

The latest wreck occurred about 8:40 a.m. Friday. Saltillo Police Officer Chris Davis said Jerry Ford, 48, of Blue Springs was driving a Dodge Intrepid that was attempting to cross the southbound lanes of the highway when it collided with a GMC Jimmy driven by Donna Smith, 38, of Glen.

The impact caused Smith's vehicle to spin around. Traffic along that section of Highway 45 was reduced to one lane as emergency personnel attempted to clear the wreckage.

Ford and Smith were treated and released from North Mississippi Medical Center. Smith's mother-in-law, Mary Smith, also of Glen, was in good condition Friday night.

Webb said the police department has worked 18 wrecks at the intersection and the Mississippi Highway Patrol has worked another 12, bringing the total to 30 wrecks, including one on the highway's opening day.

Northern District Highway Commissioner Zack Stewart said people should use a little more caution when attempting to cross four lanes of traffic.

Stewart said he did not think that particular section was any more dangerous than any other section along Highway 45 but might have a little more traffic.

An estimated 12,000 cars travel along U.S. Highway 45 daily, while 1,000 cars cross the highway at Euclatubba Road.

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