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Car plunges into Okatibbee

By By Steve Gillespie/The Meridian Star
Feb. 8, 2002
Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department officials said Thursday that a car with four juveniles was traveling too fast in the rain when it ran into Okatibbee Lake the day before.
Sgt. Michael Street said the older model Lincoln Town Car was traveling southeast on Pine Springs Road and ran off the right side of the street just before reaching a bridge north of Okatibbee Water Park.
Divers from the Lauderdale County Emergency Management Agency assisted Mike Davidson's Towing and Recovery of Meridian in pulling the car out of the lake. No charges were filed with the accident.
The cause of the wreck listed in the accident report was "inattention" and "driving at a speed too fast for conditions."
It was raining when the accident occurred at about 4:30 p.m., Street said. Besides that, he said, fog was beginning to form near the lake.