Thursday, December 1, 2016

Update on the Magic Bus

Anyone who has survived driving through the Waterworks Curve the past week has seen an abandoned bus on the side of the road that looks like it came out of The Gauntlet.   WLBT reported this week:

For days, an abandoned bus has been parked along a dangerous section of I-55 northbound in the water works curve.  Tuesday morning, we went searching for answers.

We called police to find out why the us had not been towed.  Within 10 minutes JPD responded with a unit.

Williams Edwards stopped while we were checking out the bus and said it had been parked in this location for nearly two weeks. "The thing is this here in the metropolitan area, the City of Jackson," Edwards said. "How do we let a vehicle like this sit this long on the side of a major causeway? That's what I think people need to be concerned about."

A warning sticker was on the bus, marked by JPD's Precinct 4, dated November 25.  The city gives owners 48 hours to move a vehicle before towing, it according to a spokesman.

We tried to track down the owner of the Tattoo Parlor at two local businesses. We even called a number listed on the moved sign.   No one replied.

JPD ticketed the bus on November 25.  However, there is a good reason why the bus has not yet been removed.  JPD has to find someone to actually tow it.   JPD Chief Lee Vance said the problem is finding a tow truck that is powerful enough to remove the bus.  JPD has contacted two companies.  However, Chief Vance said neither company has called JPD back.  So if a reader happen to know a company with the right equipment and wants to earn a fee removing the bus, contact JPD. 


We're Giving Away 50 New RVs said...

Haul it half a mile south and push it off into the Pearl. It can be used for scuba lessons and to grow coral when Two Rivers is completed.

Alternatively, find out who insures it and they might have a solution.

Third try: Torch it and use it as a JFD training exercise.

David Mann said...

call clinton body shop lol

Anonymous said...

I don't think it is a matter of a tow truck being available to tow it (Hall's, Hayles, Ward towing and recovery companies), more a matter of the towing and recovery agency having a desire to be paid for their services.

Anonymous said...

Use it to fill a pot hole!

Anonymous said...

Do they do nipple piercing? If so haul it to Fondren!

Anonymous said...


It may have an aftermarket fender and per John Moseley and his "special" son, it may cause the vehicle to explode and injure or even kill anyone within a 5 mile radius.


There is nothing the insurance company can or will do.

Anonymous said...

Hayles can do it.

Anonymous said...

Parker Brothers in Derma, MS has yet to see a rig they can't haul!

Anonymous said...

How much of it has already been hauled off by people looking for something to steal?

Anonymous said...

Wards and Halls have been towing crap much bigger crap than this for years. No reason to believe that they can't move this POS. My money is on 1:26 - they aren't sure that the City can/will pay them.

As an alternative, heard that the Mayor and wife have been looking for a new house in NE Jackson. Maybe they are leaving it here for them to move into so that they can do another series of financing/refinancing for profit.

Or maybe - its going to be the city's new love shack.

Ohh, so many possibilities.

Anonymous said...

Wow! Someone just spray painted " Yarber's Love Shack" on the side of the bus!

A Big Fan of The Who said...

Nothing magic about this bus, more like tragic!

Every day I get in the queue (too much, Tragic Bus)
To get on the bus that takes me to you (too much, Tragic Bus)
I'm so nervous, I just sit and smile (too much, Tragic Bus)
You house is only another mile (too much, Tragic Bus)

Thank you, driver, for getting me here (too much, Tragic Bus)
You'll be an inspector, have no fear (too much, Tragic Bus)
I don't want to cause no fuss (too much, Tragic Bus)
But can I buy your Tragic Bus? (too much, Tragic Bus)

I don't care how much I pay (too much, Tragic Bus)
I want to drive my bus to my baby each day (too much, Tragic Bus)

I want it, I want it, I want it, I want it (you can't have it)
Thruppence and sixpence every day
Just to drive to my baby
Thruppence and sixpence each day
'Cause I drive my baby every way

Tragic bus,…

Kingfish said...

No one has said any of the companies mentioned could not do the job. The Chief just said they had contacted two companies and had not heard back from them.

Anonymous said...

Then call more fucking companies! How difficult is that. It's a danger to the traveling public.

As to whether or not the insurance company will give a rat's ass, I suggest it will. If a four wheeler crashes into it at midnight and kills three kids, that insurance company will be hauled into court by any half-ass lawyer.

Anonymous said...

It looks straight out of "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test". I saw the police looking at it sometime ago and was surprised it was still there today. Someone hauled a cement pumper truck out of the mud in our subdivision. I'm sure someone could move this monster.

Anonymous said...

Give it to First Student, Inc it will be an improvement...

Tow my car fo free...I ain't payin fo dat sh*t said...

Oh, please! Jackson is home of the roadside abandoned car. I drive 220 every day and there are at least three abandoned cars on that road no matter when you drive it. Right now there is a dark colored sedan on 220 southbound just past Highway 80 that's abandoned in the median and is damned near impossible to see at dusk. It has been there at least since Monday.

How about we get the administration of this city to get these junkers off the road? This bus is not the only jalopy that Obama-voting wards of the state just leave on the shoulder rather than pay to tow and fix.

How about someone do their F***ING JOB and clear the road of these hazards?

Anonymous said...

Just move it off of the interstate onto a city road and leave it. Jackson residents will have it stripped down to nothing in just a few days.

Anonymous said...

I'm more concerned about the person who wrote that article. Someone got paid to write that???

Anonymous said...

The problem with this post is KFS ass-kissing of JPS and Chief Vance. Note his cover up help -kinda like MSNBC and Obama.

'The bus has not been moved for GOOD reason.' But this is followed by the crap answer -they called two companies but they haven't called back. Bullshit on that being a Good reason. That's nothing but a crappy excuse. Call someone else. Ca who is next on the contract rotation. Call the two back.

I'm posting this so that KFS paid ass kisser can come back with another comment about rah,rah,JJ is #1. Can't be #1 when the commentary is that pisspoor. Then it's a #2.

#dick hall said...

Perhaps they could turn it into a road side rest area for the drivers who are involved in the daily water works curve wrecks. They could lounge while the police arrive, write a ticket to the uninsured motorist... maybe serve hot coco during delays on the WW curve

Gotta go higher up on the food chain said...

Stick a banner on it "Bennie Thompson Immobile Command Center and Fish House" and we'll get some results.

Anonymous said...

Or...Stokes seems to have a problem with the "big booty" strip club billboard signs on 55 & 220. Hang one of them on it then watch and see what happens.

Anonymous said...

Everyone posting seems to forget the I-55 is a state road, patrolled by MHP. Surely, Phil can get the bus moved. Never miss a chance to s**t on Jackson, though.

Anonymous said...

Then why does JPD conduct radar speed limit enforcement on I55 @8:26 AM? You never miss an opportunity to prove you don't know what you don't know.

Anonymous said...

Counted four abandoned vehicles on 220 today. Who are these people who just f***ing LEAVE their cars on the road for days?

EZ Credit customers, most likely. "Well, it broke down. I'll just leave it here and stop making payments. The finance company can tow it."

Anonymous said...

Just because JPD patrols also doesn't mean it's a city street. Who cleans the trash? MDOT. Who cuts the grass? MDOT.

Anonymous said...

Bus is being towed this morning-big crowd there working, along with the biggest towing rig (?) I've ever seen (not that I pay much attention to those, but it is big).

Anonymous said...

@8:26 & 9:37

Who enforces the law there? MHP AND JPD. It's called jurisdiction and they both have it. Let the grown folks talk now.

Michael Scarne, FBI said...

(not that I pay much attention to those, but it is big)


Anonymous said...

Duh. Great way to misdirect the conversation. The point was not who has jurisdiction. It is that the state and MDOT are responsible for maintaining both the highway, shoulders, and median. Why all the Jackson hate?

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