Icy precipitation causes some slick bridges in Simpson County - WLBT.com - Jackson, MS

Icy precipitation causes some slick bridges in Simpson County

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SIMPSON COUNTY, MS (WLBT) - The precipitation was light, but it was just enough to put a glaze on the highway 49 bridge over the Strong River in Simpson county Friday morning.

 The Highway Patrol says this driver of a Ford Ranger, hit the bridge, and then spun out. 

"He was coming south, the bridge is iced over and he slid in to the ditch," said Corporal Jamie Puckett.

The truck landed on it's side, and the driver escaped without injury. Troopers say too often speed contributes to accidents in icy conditions.

"It looks like it's just wet but actually it is iced over and the ground up under it," added Puckett. "it's not warm like it is on the road and it causes it to freeze over and you may not anticipate it and slow down for those conditions. What happens whenever you hit the bridge you lose traction."

Crews in Mendenhall were out sanding down bridges, in anticipation they could ice over, as temperatures go below freezing Friday night.

MDOT officials also spread a calcium chloride, and salt brine mixture on highway bridges and overpasses.  

They say the chemicals can help melt any ice that's formed, and form a barrier, to keep any moisture that hits the roadway, from freezing over.  

The highway patrol says slowing down when precipitation is falling, can greatly reduce your chances of being involved in an accident.

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