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MDOT emphasizes safety when sharing the road with log trucks

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From the Mississippi Department of Transportation:

The Mississippi Department of Transportation reminds motorists to be alert for log trucks, especially during early evening and morning hours.

Mississippi’s logging industry plays a vital role in the state’s economy. Keeping the traveling public safe is MDOT’s top priority, and with the recent time change, motorists are reminded to share the road safely with log trucks.

Year round, log trucks must have a permit to be on the road two hours before sunrise and two hours after sunset with a 12-foot rear overhang. During the day, log trucks must have a red flag on the back of the longest log. At night, log trucks must have an amber or red flashing light on the back of the longest log.

View a brief video demonstrating the nighttime visibility of a log truck at 90 feet, 20 feet and 10 feet.

By following these safety guidelines, potential crashes can be prevented. Help MDOT keep the traveling public safe—be alert for log trucks, especially at night, and leave enough space between vehicles.

“To help reduce potential crashes, we want to ensure the traveling public is aware of these log trucks and alert for them, especially during early evening and morning hours,” said Chief Willie Huff, MDOT Office of Enforcement Director.

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Expanded shooting video shows many more shots fired than originally reported

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The home video that recorded the sound of gunshots has been expanded to capture the entire event. The expanded video clearly records many more shots than the original video. Here is the video, how many shots do you hear?

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Warren County’s Briggs and Garrard rescued three unconscious men from certain death at Satartia gas leak

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MEMA Drone photo of the Satartia gas line explosion site.

Warren County’s Gerald Briggs and Shane Garrard saved three men from certain death in the Satartia gas leak incident last night.

The three men were found unresponsive in a vehicle near the site of the explosion that caused a large area near Satartia to be evacuated.

At 7:35 p.m. on Saturday night, word came in to the E-911 call center that a gas line has exploded near Satartia, and toxic gas was being leaked into the area. The carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulfide leak let more than 220 barrels of gas loose into the community. The lack of wind and cool weather caused the toxic cloud to stay in the area for several hours.

First responders from several local and state agencies sped to the area to assist in minimizing the impact of the gas. Warren County Fire Coordinator Gerald “Jerry” Briggs and 911 Director Shane Garrard were among those who responded. Briggs and Garrard suited up in their HAZMAT gear to search the area near the gas leak.

While driving a gravel road near the explosion site they saw an occupied vehicle. The three occupants of the vehicle were slumped and non-responsive. They broke a window to gain access, did what they could to treat them on the scene, and then quickly moved them to a rescue vehicle for transport to a safer area.

Briggs could be heard on the radio saying, “Coming in hot,” indicating to rescue units he and Garrard were coming back to the staging area with distressed victims.

All three are expected to fully recover from their exposure to the toxic gas.

Garrard and Briggs went back to look for more victims and worked the exposure area throughout the night looking for more victims. The explosion eventually caused 45 to be hospitalized and 300 residents were evacuated.

Shane Garrard and Jerry Briggs are two of Warren County finest. They are undisputed heroes who saved three unconscious men from certain death in Satartia last night.

Shane Garrard with his family (photo from his social media)

Fire Boss Jerry Briggs with his boss Kelly Suzanne (photo by David Day)

 

 

 

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MDOT closing Hwy. 465 at 5 p.m. Sunday

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MDOT will be closing Mississippi Highway 465 at Eagle Lake at 5 p.m. today due to flooding concerns.

The road will be closed from the intersection with U.S. Highway 61 to the Backwater Levee Road. Anyone caught going around barricades will be cited for disregard of a traffic control device.

Light traffic can use the Backwater Levee. Large trucks and commercial vehicles are directed to travel through Onward to the Main Line Levee.

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