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Jones County Accident Kills Two: Update

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A reporter from our sister station, WJTV, was able to speak with the driver of a vehicle involved in a fatal New Year's Day accident.

The following is a press release from Jones County Public Information Officer Linda Cranford:

 

Shortly after 1 p.m. New Year's Day, two people lost their lives and three were seriously injured, including a three-year old female child, in a two-vehicle accident in the Calhoun community of Jones County.

 

Emergency medical responders and rescue units from Calhoun, Soso, Hebron, and Pleasant Ridge Volunteer Fire Departments responded to the accident where a white Ford F-150 pickup truck and a white Mercury Grand Marque collided at the intersection of Service Road and Springhill Road.  There were five occupants in the Grand Marque and one in the F-150.

 

The "Jaws-of-Life" was used to extricate two accident victims from the car, two were ejected from the vehicle upon impact, including the three-year old female child, and one was removed without the use of the "Jaws-of-Life."

 

A Central Lamar County firefighter and M&M VFD firefighter happened upon the accident.  Being an emergency medical responder, the Central Lamar County firefighter was able to give immediate assistant to the three-year old female child, aided by the M&M VFD firefighter. 

 

Jones County Sheriff's Department Deputies also provided valuable assistance during the incident. 

 

Two adult females were pronounced dead at the scene by Jones County Coroner Nancy Barnett.  One of the deceased was ejected from the vehicle and the other perished inside the vehicle. 

 

The critically injured three-year old female child, one critically injured 26-year old female, and one seriously injured 46-year old female were transported to South Central Regional Medical Center by EMServ ambulance service.  The three-year old female child was later flown to University Medical Center in Jackson by Baptist Lifeflight, and the 26-year old female was also transported to UMC by EMServ ambulance service. 

 

The driver of the F-150 received minor injuries and refused transportation to the hospital.

 

"Our hearts go out to the families involved in this tragic accident. May God comfort them during this very difficult time," stated Scott Rushing of Calhoun Volunteer Fire Department. 

 

The names of the accident victims have not been released.

 

The cause of the accident remains under investigation by the Jones County Sheriff's Department.

 

Also responding to the accident were Jones County Fire Coordinator Dan McKenna, Jones County Fire Council Chaplain Brother Drew Blanton, Jones County Deputy Coroner Earnest Hollingsworth, Jones County District Attorney's Office Investigator Wayne Black, and firefighters and emergency medical responders who were in the area from Glade and Rustin VFDs.

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