Two Jones County women were fortunate to escape a fiery crash with only moderate injuries late Saturday night in the Sharon community.
At 10:20 p.m. medical first responders and rescue units from Sharon and Shady Grove Volunteer Fire Departments were called to the 700 block of Sharon-Moss Road in the Sharon community. Upon arrival the volunteers found a Mazda 6 fully engulfed in flames.
According to Sgt. Scott Gable with the Jones County Sheriff's Department, who was the first to arrive on scene along with a nearby neighbor, the occupants of the burning vehicle, two women ages 29 and 30, were found on the ground approximately 30 feet from the vehicle on the opposite side of a creek. Apparently the two women were traveling east on Sharon-Moss Road when they rounded a curve and crashed head on into the side railings of the bridge. It appeared that the women had been ejected from the vehicle on impact. The vehicle was hanging off the side of the bridge, entangled in the guard rail and had apparently burst into flames shortly after the crash.
Both women were transported to South Central Regional Medical Center by EMServ ambulance service with what was believed to be moderate and non-life threatening injuries.
The cause of the accident is unknown and remains under investigation by the Jones County Sheriff's Department.
The accident caused significant damage to the bridge and the Jones County Beat One County workers were called to inspect the bridge.
Also responding to the accident were Jones County Fire Coordinator Dan McKenna and Jones County Emergency Management Agency Deputy Director Rodney Parker.