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First responder wrecks while responding to accident

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

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

Two separate accidents occurred at the same location on Friday.

At 11:35 a.m., Powers, Glade and M&M Volunteer Fire Departments responded to the scene of the accident at the intersection of Highway 84 East and Lake Boga Homa Road.

When units arrived on scene, they found two heavily damaged vehicles - a white car with extensive damage to its front-end, and a white passenger van with extensive damage to its passenger-side. The white car was blocking one lane of Lake Boga Homa Road and the van was found off of the road in the grass.

The driver of the white van was ejected from the vehicle and sustained what was believed to be moderate injuries. The driver of the white car was trapped and had to be extricated by firefighters using hydraulic power tools; he sustained minor injuries. Both were transported by two EMServ ambulances to South Central Regional Medical Center in Laurel for treatment.

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The second accident occurred as a volunteer firefighter in his personal vehicle was responding to the scene of the first accident and collided with a pickup truck. Neither the firefighter nor the occupants of the pickup truck were injured, and all refused transport to the hospital.

Boga Homa Lake Road near the intersection with Highway 84 East was completely shut down, and one westbound lane of the highway was shutdown during rescue and cleanup operations.

Emergency personnel on scene included Powers, Glade and M&M Volunteer Fire Departments, EMServ Ambulance Service, Jones County Sheriff's Department, Jones County Fire Coordinator Dan McKenna, Jones County District Attorney's Office, Jones County Emergency Management, Jones County Fire Public Information Officer Caleb Worrell and Mississippi Highway Patrol.

Fire apparatus included Powers Heavy Rescue and Brush 1; Glade Rescue and Engine.

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