Jackson, Mississippi— (WAPT) – According to a report from WAPT, a Jackson Academy senior was killed in a car crash one day before she was to graduate. The crash occurred on Ridgewood Road. A witness who saw the wreck said that the car hit a manhole cover that was not secured before it flipped over.
Jackson Academy plans to present a diploma for Frances Anne Fortner to a fellow senior and best friend at the graduation ceremony. The school has made counselors and ministers available to support students, families, and faculty. A gathering was held Thursday night for students.
A witness told 16 WAPT News that Fortner crashed after she hit a manhole cover that wasn’t bolted down. It appears as though the manhole cover had been loose for some time, and that at least one person had called the city about it. The manhole cover did get bolted down after the accident, and the crash is still under investigation.
Many things can cause automobile accidents, including road hazards, like the loose manhole cover mentioned above. Road hazards are conditions in the roadway that can cause accidents, such as areas of road that become slippery when they are wet, sections of road where drainage is improper and water collects on the roadway, and places where road design, construction, or maintenance have created rough, uneven surfaces, or other conditions that could cause vehicles to crash. Road hazards can also vary with the seasons. For example, icy roads are a common road hazard in the winter, while uneven lanes and uneven surfaces caused by road construction are typical throughout the spring, summer, and fall when work crews are repairing the roads.
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