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Some Hattiesburg transit still out of service after tornado

Transit services for disabled Hattiesburg residents still aren’t fully functioning after a Jan. 21 tornado.

All of Hub City Transit’s vehicles were damaged by the twister.

Hattiesburg officials found paratransit services hadn’t resumed after hearing from people who couldn’t get to medical appointments.

LaKeylah White, the city’s director of federal and state programs, tells local media that borrowed buses used since the tornado can’t pick up wheelchairs. She says Hattiesburg is sending vans to pick up some people who can’t board buses

White says the tornado also destroyed computers used to schedule paratransit service.

City Council President Carter Carroll says he has received complaints about a transit van stationed in a park. Mass Transit Division Manager Vincent Nelms says that van waits for calls to carry people in wheelchairs.

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