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Three people die on Mississippi highways during Christmas holiday

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The Mississippi Highway Patrol Christmas travel period began at 12:01 Monday and ended at midnight Christmas night.

Posted: Dec 26, 2019 9:37 AM
Updated: Dec 27, 2019 9:09 AM

JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - Three people died in traffic accidents on Mississippi highways during the Christmas holiday travel period.

Trooper Cpt. Johnny Poulos said troopers worked 116 accidents. He added 27 people were also reported injured.

Poulos said Linda McMinn, 78, of Mooreville, died after her car hit a tree along Highway 178 in Lee County on Christmas Day.

He said the other traffic deaths were reported in Hinds County and Copiah County.

Poulos said troopers issued 2,544 citations and made 39 DUI arrests over the holidays.

See MHP's news release below.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol concluded its 2019 Christmas holiday travel period which began Monday, December 23, at 12:01 a.m. and ended Wednesday, December 25 at midnight. MHP issued 2544 citations with 39 DUI arrests. 116 motor vehicle crashes were investigated which included 27 injuries and 3 fatalities on state, federal highways, and interstates. The MHP safety initiative “ Home For The Holidays” will continue through the end of the year in order to promote traffic safety.

You will find attached a spreadsheet concerning totals by districts and information below regarding the fatality crashes. Thank you for your assistance in notifying the public throughout the holiday period concerning the importance of traffic safety.

On Monday, December 23, 2019 at approximately 12:56 a.m., the Mississippi Highway Patrol responded to a fatal traffic crash on MS27 in Hinds County. A 2004 Mitsubishi Endeavor driven by John A. Lumbley, 24, of Vicksburg, MS was traveling northbound on MS27. The vehicle left the roadway, overturned and collided with tree. John A. Lumbley received fatal injuries from the crash and was pronounced dead on scene.

On Wednesday, December 25, 2019 at approximately 1:25 p.m., the Mississippi Highway Patrol responded to a fatal traffic crash on MS178 in Lee County. A 2013 Chrysler passenger vehicle driven by Linda C. McMinn, 78, of Mooreville, MS was traveling eastbound on MS178. The vehicle left the roadway and collided with tree. Linda C. McMinn received fatal injuries from the crash and was pronounced dead on scene.

On Wednesday, December 25, 2019 at approximately 8:37 p.m., the Mississippi Highway Patrol responded to a fatal traffic crash on US51 in Copiah County. A Mercedes Benz passenger vehicle driven by Erik G. Miller, 30, of Crystal Springs, MS was traveling northbound on US51. The vehicle left the roadway and collided with tree. Erik G. Miller received fatal injuries from the crash and was pronounced dead on scene.

All crashes are currently under investigation by MHP.

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