South Mississippi leads state in Labor Day weekend crashes


More crashes occurred on state and federal highways in South Mississippi over the Labor Day weekend than in any area of the state, traffic statistics show.

One person died in a single-vehicle crash in Noxubee County, while 170 crashes statewide injured 57 people, according to reports from the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

Of those crashes, 41 occurred in the six southernmost counties patrolled by the Biloxi-based Troop K.

Rain was a contributing factor, but there were other issues as well, MHP Capt. Johnny Poulous said.

Drivers were distracted, some had worn tires that caused them to hydroplane and drivers did not reduce their speeds while traveling in rain and on wet roadways, he said.

The six southern counties had nearly twice as many as the second-highest area patrolled by state troopers. Troop J, based in Hattiesburg, investigated 21 crashes.

SunHerald.com is working on an updated report.