3 sent to hospital after wrecks
by Chance Wright
Aug 28, 2012 | 2945 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Emergency and law enforcement personnel responded to a pair of accidents that occurred on U.S. Highway 61, north of Cleveland, only 30 minutes apart Sunday evening, both resulting in three people be transported by ambulance to Bolivar Medical Center.

"The first, a one car accident, occurred at approximately 9:19 p.m. just north of Mound Bayou," said Mississippi Highway Patrol Troop D spokesperson Tony Dunn. "When officers arrived on the scene that found a 1989 Buick LeSabre in the north bound lane of U.S. Highway 61."

The initial investigation report shows that the driver, Tyrone Goodlow, 39, of Cleveland was traveling south on U.S. 61 when he lost control of the vehicle and crossed into the center median.

The car flipped an unknown amount of time before coming to rest in the north bound lanes.

Battalion One of the Bolivar County Volunteer Fire Department was called to the scene for rescue along with Pafford EMS, the Bolivar County Sheriff's Department and the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

Goodlow was transported to Bolivar Medical Center with what appeared to be non life-threatening injuries.

"While the investigation is still ongoing, every indication points to alcohol being an underlying factor in this accident," said Dunn. "No charges have been filed at this time but could come following the end of the investigation. Fortunately, the driver was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the accident."

The second accident happened in front of Mom's Truck stop, located on U.S. Highway 61 between Cleveland and Merigold.

"The call for the second accident came at approximately 9:50 p.m. while officers were still working the scene of the first," continued Dunn.

Stephanie Peck, 19, of Southaven and David Johnson, 55, of Merigold were both traveling south on U.S. Highway 61.

According to the accident report, Johnson was attempting to turn right into Mom's Truck Stop when Peck rear-ended his 1994 Oldsmobile.

Pafford EMS, the Bolivar Sheriff's Department and the Mississippi Highway Patrol were called to the scene.

"Both drivers, who were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the accident, were taken by ambulance to Bolivar Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries," added Dunn. "Alcohol does not appear to play a role in this accident however, it is still under investigation."