Jones County collision sends three to the hospital

By Linda Cranford

A two-vehicle accident on Highway 84 West in front of Life Church sent three to the hospital Wednesday evening.

At approximately 5:30 p.m. volunteer medical first responders and rescue units from Calhoun and Pleasant Ridge VFDs responded to the scene of the accident to find a Toyota FJ Cruiser on its side in the ditch next to the parking lot entrance to Life Church and the driver trapped inside.  The passenger of the vehicle had already been helped out of the vehicle when rescue units arrived.

The second vehicle, a Nissan Sentra, had come to a stop in a shallow ditch approximately 100 yards from the Toyota and the driver was also injured.

Using the wenches from the rescue trucks of both Calhoun and Pleasant Ridge, volunteers performed a controlled roll to gently turn the Toyota right-side up.  Volunteer medical first responders and EMTs were then able to gain access to the injured driver.

Pastor David Hagan of Life Church identified the occupants of the Toyota FJ Cruiser as being church members Randy and Debbie Holland.  He also identified the driver of the Nissan Sentra as being 16-year old Tyler Myers.  All three were transported to SCRMC by EmServ with what was believed to be non-life threatening injuries.

According to the Mississippi Highway Patrol Trooper on scene, the Hollands had slowed to turn into the church parking lot when Myers, unable to stop, ran into the back of them.

Also responding to the scene was Jones County Sheriff's Department and Jones County Fire Council Chaplain Brother Drew Blanton.