JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Courtesy Linda Cranford, Jones County Fire Council PIO
Sunday morning, December 23, a six-year old male child was airlifted to Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg after being ejected from the vehicle in a one-vehicle rollover accident in Jones County and his grandmother and four-year old sister were transported by ambulance to Forrest General Hospital.
At 10:25 a.m. medical first responders and rescue units from Powers and Glade Volunteer Fire Departments responded to the accident that occurred on U.S. Highway 84 East just west of the intersection of Keahey Gore Road.
According to an eye witness the grandmother, who is in her late sixties, was traveling west on U.S. Highway 84 East when she lost control of a 2000 Mitsubishi Montero Sport, left the road in the median and the vehicle flipped approximately three times before coming to rest on the passenger side in the eastbound lane of the four-lane highway; blocking both lanes. Her six-year old grandson was thrown out of the vehicle and landed on the pavement approximately 15 feet from the vehicle.
Life Flight Helicopter landed in the westbound lane of U.S. Highway 84 East and the young boy was airlifted to Forrest General in Hattiesburg with serious life-threatening injuries. The grandmother and her four-year old granddaughter were transported to Forrest General Hospital by EMServ ambulance service with what is believed to be non-life threatening injuries.
According to officials on scene the grandmother stated that she was trying to restrain her grandson, who had just unbuckled his seatbelt, when the accident occurred.
The westbound lane of U.S. Highway 84 East remained closed for over an hour and a half while rescue and recovery efforts were performed.
The accident remains under investigation by the Mississippi Highway Patrol.