By Amanda McBride
The Choctaw Plaindealer
Five vehicles including a school bus and a garbage truck were involved in an accident on Highway 15 north on October 16.
The Mississippi Highway Patrol said around 7 a.m. a north bound Nissan pick-up driven by 30 year Christopher Keller, of Ackerman, attempted to pass a Choctaw County garbage truck and collided with a Choctaw County School Bus driven by 58 year old Wanda Wells, of Ackerman, and two other vehicles, a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado driven by 33 year old Christopher Bridges, from Mathiston, and a 2005 Toyota Avalon driven by 51 year old Margaret Blackwell, of Mathiston. The collision happened about one mile south of Staten Road near Williams Hill.
MHP said there were 24 passengers on the school bus but no one was injured.
“It was very unfortunate to be involved in an accident, however we are thankful that all the students and driver of the bus were unharmed. We are extremely thankful to the first responders and the district personnel that were quick to the scene to ensure that those involved were safe,” said Choctaw County School District Superintendent Glen Beard.
There were two minor injuries sustained in the accident. Keller, the driver of the Nissan, was transported to Pioneer Community Hospital Of Choctaw, in Ackerman, along with 32-year-old Rodriguez Moore, a Choctaw County Trustee, and a passenger on the garbage truck.
The accident remains under investigation by MHP.
Chris McIntire, president of the Choctaw County Board of Supervisors, said people need to be aware of the garbage trucks at all times, not only while school is in session.
“We always keep safety in mind for motorists and the garbage truck employees,” said McIntire.
He added that the Choctaw County garbage trucks have lights on all sides of the trucks with employees working on the trucks watching each other and trying to stay safe.
“It takes all of us working together to keep everyone safe,” said McIntire.
The Choctaw County Sheriff’s Department, Ackerman Fire Department, school officials, the Mississippi Highway Patrol and other first responders responded to the accident.