JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - This is a press release from the Jones County Fire Council.
Early Saturday morning around midnight, units from Pleasant Ridge Volunteer Fire Department were dispatched to the scene of a one-vehicle rollover on Highway 84 West in front of Christian Baptist Church.
Originally, 911 dispatch reported that several vehicles were involved and one of the occupants of a vehicle was trapped due to downed power lines. However, upon arrival, firefighters and Emergency Medical Responders found that only one vehicle had wrecked and that the live power lines were still above the ground, though hanging lower than normal.
According to reports from bystanders and firefighters, there were four occupants in the vehicle and three of them were ejected during the accident; the other occupant was wearing a seat belt. These reports could not be independently verified, however.
Firefighters on scene stated that the driver swerved to avoid hitting a deer, which caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle and ran off the right side of the road, hit a power pole and a small hill, causing the vehicle to become airborne and begin to flip several times before finally coming to a stop on the front lawn of Christian Baptist Church.
Three of the four occupants were transported to South Central Regional Medical Center with unknown injuries. The fourth occupant was transported by Rescue 7 helicopter to a hospital in Jackson with life-threatening injuries. Fire and police units completely shut down all lanes of Highway 84 west so that Rescue 7 could land safely. After about 30 minutes, the highway reopened to allow traffic through.
Units on scene included Calhoun and Pleasant Ridge Volunteer Fire Departments, Jones County Sheriff's Department, Mississippi Highway Patrol, Rescue 7, and Mississippi Power.
Fire apparatuses included Calhoun Engine, Calhoun Rescue, and Pleasant Ridge Rescue. Several firefighters also arrived in their personal vehicles.