One Injured in Three-Car Accident on Bridge Saturday Evening
NATCHEZ, MS- The natchezdemocrat.com reports that one person was hospitalized following a three-vehicle accident that occurred on the Mississippi River Bridge at 8 p.m. on April 21, 2018. The collision involved two cars and one truck in a chain-reaction.*
The crash seemed to be caused by someone breaking unexpectedly and the driver behind them not stopping quickly enough. No one was seriously injured, but one driver’s airbag deployed causing minor injuries. The injured individual was the only person involved who was brought to the hospital. One car was towed away from the scene of the accident.
The damaged vehicle blocked the westbound lane, causing traffic delays.
Accidents on bridges are frightening because even an accident that might not have been particularly serious on the ground can cause a car to plunge to a road or into the water below. Every so often media outlets report serious accidents in which cars have gone over guard rails.
It is unclear how many people are killed in accidents involving cars crashing off of bridges because entities that track accident information, such as the National Transportation Safety Board, do not separate out traffic fatalities that are caused by this type of accident in particular. Information that is tracked by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) includes date about drownings but does not state whether the drownings are the result of motorists crashing into the water.
If you do ever find yourself in this terrifying scenario, you should know how to best get to safety. According to research conducted on this topic, you should not bother taking the time to call 911. Instead, take off your seatbelt, roll down your windows, release any children from their seats, and then push the children out the window into the water before immediately exiting as well.