JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the Jones County Fire Council
A 72-year old male was airlifted to Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg by Rescue 7 Air Ambulance Service after sustaining critical life threatening injuries in a fiery head-on collision in the Rustin community of Jones County early Friday morning, October 2. An adult female from the second vehicle was transported to South Central Regional Medical Center by EMServ Ambulance Service with what was believed to be minor and non-life threatening injuries.
At 4:27 a.m., emergency medical responders and rescue units from Rustin and Sandersville Volunteer Fire Departments, along with Sandersville Police Department and Jones County Sheriff's Department, responded to the accident which occurred on Sandersville-Pleasant Grove Road near Jessie Byrd Road in the Rustin community.
Sandersville Police Officer J.D. Carter was the first to arrive on scene, and found the 72-year old male lying in the road near his burning Ford F150 where he had been ejected from his vehicle. The F150 apparently burst into flames after crashing head-on into a Toyota Camry driven by an adult female. The flames from the burning vehicle were almost covering the man when Carter arrived. He pulled the man away from the raging flames to a safe distance. Firefighters arrived on scene shortly thereafter, and extinguished the burning vehicle.
The adult female driver of the Camry, who had called 911, was still in her vehicle complaining of injuries to her lower extremities. She was transported to SCRMC by EMServ Ambulance Service.
A landing zone was established at the Sandersville School Ball Field in Sandersville. The 72-year old man was transported from the accident scene by EMServ Ambulance Service to the landing zone where Rescue 7 landed. After stabilizing the patient, he was airlifted to Forest General Hospital in Hattiesburg and remains in critical condition.
The cause of the accident is under investigation by the Jones County Sheriff's Department.
Also responding to the scene was Jones County Fire Coordinator Dan McKenna.