Northern Mississippi and the Memphis metro area have experienced an unseasonably cold winter thus far, with more frigid temperatures headed our way.
With the cold come freezing rain, ice, and snow, all of which make driving conditions more dangerous than usual.
Recently, an auto accident caused by ice in Memphis, Tennessee, pushed three women to jump off an overpass guardrail, falling nearly 40 feet to the ground.
According to a report from WMCTV in Memphis, 47-year-old Pamela Byrd Davis was driving home late one Saturday night when she became involved in a multi-car pileup on the Walnut Grove Road-Humphreys Boulevard overpass.
After Davis exited her car, two other women stopped to help her. That’s when witnesses say an eighth car began sliding on the ice toward the three women. To avoid getting hit, they jumped over the overpass guardrail.
The trio believed they would land easily on the other side of the guardrail, likely shocked when nothing met their feet.
Falling almost 40 feet to the ground below, Davis broke her back, wrist, arm, and ribs. One of the other women suffered a punctured lung, broken pelvis, and other injuries. Both are expected to recover.
This seemingly unbelievable story demonstrates the unexpected danger that ice and car accidents pose to Memphis and Northern Mississippi roadways. If you have questions about this crash or have been hurt in an ice-related auto accident caused by the careless or negligent driving of another person, contact and experienced auto accident injury attorney right away for help.
The three women here are fortunate to escape with their lives, especially after such a fall. Please drive with caution as temperatures continue to fall below freezing in Memphis and Northern Mississippi, and be sure watch for pedestrians who have stopped due to an accident.
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