Pedestrian struck by school bus on I-59 overpass identified

Pedestrian struck by school bus on I-59 overpass identified
Authorities on the scene where a pedestrian was struck at I-59 Exit 80 overpass. Photo credit: WDAM.

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A pedestrian was struck by a school bus early Wednesday morning on the I-59 overpass at Exit 80 to Moselle, according to the Jones County Sheriff's Department.

The Jones County Sheriff"s Department and Moselle Fire Department responded to Moselle Seminary Road on the I-59 overpass around 6:30 a.m. where they found 36-year-old Duane Taylor of Moselle lying on the ground.

According to the bus driver, Taylor stepped into traffic and the mirror of the bus hit his head.

A deputy on scene began searching for Taylor's identification when he found crystal meth and a glass pipe in Taylor's pocket.

The deputy then ran Taylor's identification and found out that his car was involved in a one-vehicle accident just a few moments before he was struck by the bus.

This accident occurred near Exit 88, which was a few miles from where Taylor was hit.

Taylor is in critical condition and is on life support, according to the sheriff's department.

The Jones County School District issued a similar statement Wednesday morning explaining that the bus involved in the incident was one of its special needs school buses.

The statement from the district also said that the bus had not started its scheduled route yet, so no students were on the bus when the incident occurred.

The district is following regular procedure at this time, and it is still in the process of gathering information.