Traffic lights struck down
by Rory Doyle
Mar 19, 2013 | 1259 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A driver with B & B Heavy Haul LLC snagged the guide wire and tore down two traffic lights at the intersection of U.S. Highway 61 and Miss. Highway 8 around 6:45 p.m. on Saturday.

Cleveland Police Chief Buster Bingham said the driver had a spotter in front of him who gave clearance for the intersection but the hauler ended up catching the wire.

No one was injured in the incident and no other vehicles were involved.

The driver immediately pulled over and waited for assistance from the police.

Entergy arrived on the scene to replace the fixtures while Cleveland Police directed traffic at the intersection.

In a separate incident, an ambulance heading southbound on U.S. Highway 61 collided with a driver heading eastbound on Miss. Highway 8 at around 10:30 a.m. Monday.

Bingham said the ambulance had its siren and red lights activated when the collision occurred.

Thelma James of Cleveland was driving a 2005 Dodge Caravan and claimed to have a green light but did not see the ambulance when she made contact with the middle of the ambulance's right side.

James's vehicle was damaged in the front but neither vehicle was towed.

The ambulance driver said he waited to make sure all vehicles had stopped before proceeding through the intersection.

Bingham said no major injuries were reported.

In fire news, a house fire started around 8:30 p.m. Sunday at 410 Stringer St. in Mound Bayou and required the services of the Mound Bayou Volunteer Fire Department and the Bolivar County Volunteer Fire Department.

BCVFD Chief Lee Tedder said it appeared that the fire started with the hot water heater.

The house experienced moderate smoke and water damage but the blaze did not burn through the roof.

No one was hurt in the incident.

MBVFD Chief Fitzgerald Watson said the incident is under investigation.