Three dead in holiday-weekend car crashes across Mississippi

78-year-old Vancleave woman among those killed

mhalford@sunherald.com Twitter: MaryMargaretSHJuly 5, 2014 

Nearly 3,500 traffic citations have been handed out so far over the holiday weekend, according to the Mississippi Highway Patrol, and officials are still urging people to be cautious.

As of Saturday afternoon 62 crashes had been reported, and three fatalities -- two of which were in South Mississippi.

A Vancleave woman died Friday night in a rollover accident in Jackson County when she lost control of her 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier on Interstate 10 near Mississippi 57.

Eula T. Busby, 74, died at the scene. The crash is still under investigation, MHP spokesman Lt. Johnny Poulos said.

A 22-year-old man was killed Friday afternoon on Mississippi 98 near McLain in Greene County when a 2002 Nissan he was a passenger in left the road and flipped. The man, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the car. The 25-year-old driver was taken to the hospital.

The third fatality was reported in Holmes County, where a Chevrolet pickup driven by a 44-year-old man ran off the road and hit a tree. He was not wearing a seatbelt.

As of Saturday afternoon, MHP had also made 106 DUI arrests. "We are urging motorists to make responsible decisions concerning driving due to the heavy traffic being observed statewide," Poulos said.

The enforcement period will end at midnight tonight.

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