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Slippery roads cause several wrecks on I-59

Photo credit: Jones County Fire Council Photo credit: Jones County Fire Council
JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) -

This is a press release from the Jones County Fire Council. 

Southwest Jones and South Jones Volunteer Fire Departments were swamped with several wrecks on Friday when a thunderstorm swept through the area causing slippery roads.

At around 2:30 p.m., firefighters responded to the scene of what was reported to be a one vehicle accident on I-59 near mile marker 80.

When units arrived on scene, they advised that three vehicles had wrecked: one in the median and two on the shoulder.

According to reports, the first vehicle hydroplaned off of the roadway into the median, the second vehicle witnessed the first vehicle wreck and also hydroplaned off of the roadway, and the third vehicle followed suit.

No injuries were reported for any of the occupants of the three vehicles. While firefighters were clearing the scene at mile marker 80, they received a call for another wreck near mile marker 83 involving two vehicles, one of which had caught fire.

MOBILE USERS: View photos from the scene here.

Upon arrival to mile marker 83, firefighters found a severely damaged red car in the median and a slightly damaged red SUV partially blocking the left lane.

A firefighter on scene stated that two passerby's had stopped and extinguished the flames coming from the engine compartment of the car by utilizing a fire extinguisher and a hand-pump water sprayer that the passerby's had in their vehicles.

The driver of the SUV sustained minor injuries and was transported by EMServ ambulance to South Central Regional Medical Center in Laurel for treatment.

The driver of the car appeared to be uninjured. The left lane of the interstate was completely shut down during rescue and cleanup operations, and both lanes were briefly shut down while tow truck personnel removed the vehicles from the scene.

The exact cause of the accident near mile marker 83 is unknown, however, a firefighter on scene stated that heavy traffic conditions due to the wreck near mile marker 80 and slippery roads played a role in the accident.

Rescue personnel on scene included Southwest Jones and South Jones Volunteer Fire Departments, EMServ Ambulance Service, Jones County Sheriff's Department and Mississippi Highway Patrol.

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