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Accident victims in ICU

By By Marianne Todd/The Meridian Star
Oct. 12, 2001
Two of eight men injured Wednesday in an accident involving a Meridian city truck remained in intensive care units at local hospitals Thursday.
The remaining six were either treated and released from emergency rooms or have been discharged from hospitals since the accident occurred, according to officials.
The men were injured when the city truck in which they were riding was involved in a collision with a cement truck. The accident took place near the Meridian Regional Airport on Highway 11 South at about 10:20 a.m.
Police Lt. Wade Johnson said the driver of the van, Meridian transport officer Terry W. Aldridge, 42, of Toomsuba, was in stable condition in the Intensive Care Unit at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center.
The other men injured include:
Jovan Smith, 20, of Meridian, listed in stable condition at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center's Intensive Care Unit;
Edward Pierce, 19, of 305 45th Ave., treated and released from a local hospital;
Roderick Williams, 26, of 1327 39th Ave., treated and discharged from a local hospital;
Allen Nause, 18, of 5277 Minnie Farm Road, transported to University Medical Center in Jackson because it was initially believed Nause had suffered severe injuries. He has since been released and is at home;
James Humphrey, 25, of 3079-A Old Eighth Street Road, treated and released from a local hospital;
Edwin Fisher, 21, of 3520 Paulding St., treated and discharged from a local hospital;
Keonna Davis, 19, of 1502 North Archusa St., Quitman, treated at a local hospital and released.
All of the passengers in the MPD van were being transported to work off city fines.
Anthony F. Ruffin, 35, the driver of the MMC Materials 1999 Mack cement truck, was not injured, said Sgt. Ronnie Carter of the Mississippi Highway Patrol, the investigating agency.
Carter said Trooper Richard Mays is expected to complete an accident investigation report next week.
Investigators with the Meridian Police Department are also looking into the accident because a city vehicle was involved, Johnson said.
The accident blocked both lanes of Highway 11 South for more than an hour.
Marianne Todd is a staff writer for The Meridian Star. Call her at 693-1551, ext. 3236, or e-mail her at mtodd@themeridianstar.com.

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