Local Athletics Mississippi State Bus Crash in Oxford, Ole Miss

Published on November 30th, 2014 | by Newt Rayburn

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Mississippi State’s Bad Night: Egg Bowl Loss, Bus Accidents

Talk about a bad night.

Mississippi's State's Football team buses were involved in a second accident near the intersection of Highway 30 and North Lamar in Oxford, Mississippi after running into each other the first time on Highway 7 earlier in the night. Photograph by Shelby Rayburn - © 2014 The Local Voice.

Mississippi’s State’s Football team buses were involved in a second accident near the intersection of Highway 30 and North Lamar in Oxford, Mississippi after running into each other the first time on Highway 7 earlier in the night. Photograph by Shelby Rayburn – © 2014 The Local Voice.

Mississippi State’s best season ever came to a screeching halt last night in Oxford. Twice. Literally. 

The No. 4 ranked Bulldogs had no answer to Ole Miss’ Landshark Defense Saturday evening in the Egg Bowl. The Rebels held Heisman hopeful Dak Prescott to just 48 rushing yards and the Bulldog offense to just 17 points.

Ole Miss’ offense put up 31 points on State’s defensive squad, who Head Coach Dan Mullen called “pathetic” after the game.

Clearly, it was a bad night for State, but then it got even worse. On the way out of Oxford, the team buses ran into each other near the intersection of Highways 6 and 7. The caravan had to wait on the side of the highway for a replacement bus provided by Ole Miss.

No one was hurt in the accident, but the irony is sharp.

But wait, there’s more.

The same two buses got into a second accident near the intersection of Highway 30 and North Lamar, right in front of the office of The Local Voice. The busses ran into each other yet again.

The Mississippi State buses involved in the accidents after the Egg Bowl were resting in Shiver's Towing Company yard in Oxford on Sunday, November 30, 2014. Photograph by Newt Rayburn - © 2014 The Local Voice.

The Mississippi State buses involved in the accidents after the Egg Bowl were resting in Shiver’s Towing Company yard in Oxford on Sunday, November 30, 2014. Photograph by Newt Rayburn – © 2014 The Local Voice.

State’s vehicles were apparently being driven to Shiver’s Towing Company when the second accident occurred. A Shivers towing truck was following at the time. The accident blocked traffic on Highway 30 and White Oak Lane while a second Shivers truck came to the scene to remove them from the highway. 

As smoke rose from the busses and the drivers argued in the highway, Local Voice photographers began to shoot photographs. At that point, they took notice of the attention they were attracting, abruptly driving away from the scene.

As of Sunday morning, both buses are resting comfortably in Shiver’s Towing Yard. The Local Voice Ligature

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About the Author

Newt Rayburn founded THE LOCAL VOICE in 2006. Previously, Newt was Editor of PROFANE EXISTENCE in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Art Director for Ole Miss' LIVING BLUES magazine. Newt won a National Magazine Award in 1999 for his SOUTHERN MUSIC ISSUE with THE OXFORD AMERICAN. A seventh-generation Lafayette County, Mississippian, Newt is perhaps best known as the leader of the Mississippi RocknRoll band THE COOTERS, but he also has the Country & Southern Rock group, HAWGWASH. Newt is a Photographer, Writer, and Civil War Enthusiast.



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