Lt. Governor Tate Reeves involved in Collins car crash

Lt. Governor Tate Reeves involved in Collins car crash

COLLINS, MS (WDAM) - The Covington County Sheriff's Department confirmed Monday that Lt. Governor Tate Reeves was involved in a car accident in Collins.

Reeves was not injured.

According to John Pope, Collins Fire Department Chief, Reeves and his security detail were driving an unmarked Mississippi Hwy Patrol F150 pickup truck when a gold car pulled out in front of them near Woolwine Ford traveling south. 

The two people in the gold car were transported to a local hospital by ambulance for minor, non-life threatening injuries.

One person had to be extricated from the car using the jaws of life.

According to Brent Barfield, spokesperson for Troop J Mississippi Highway Patrol, Collins police will be handling the investigation.

The following statement was released by Reeves spokeswoman.

"I can confirm that Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves was involved in a traffic accident today on Highway 49 in Collins," said Reeves' spokeswoman Laura Hipp. "Lt. Gov. Reeves was a passenger in a Mississippi Highway Patrol vehicle and neither he nor his assigned trooper was injured. The Lt. Governor wishes to thank the Mississippi Highway Patrol, the Covington County Sheriff's Office, the Collins Police Department and the Collins Fire Department for their rapid response to the accident."

The wreck happened  around 1:45 p.m. off of Hwy 49 at Cold Springs Road. 

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