JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the Jones County Fire Council.
A two-vehicle accident occurred Monday afternoon near the Johnson community.
At around 4 p.m., units from Johnson, Glade and Ovett Volunteer Fire Departments responded to the scene of the accident on Highway 29 South near Floyd Strickland Road.
When firefighters arrived, they found a white Hummer several feet from the roadway down a steep embankment with extensive damage to its front-end and passenger side, and a trash truck lying on its side blocking one lane of the highway.
According to reports, the trash truck was leaking large amounts of oil, diesel fuel and hydraulic liquid onto the roadway and shoulder.
The male driver of the trash truck was reported to be unresponsive but breathing when units arrived on scene.
He was transported by EMServ ambulance to South Central Regional Medical Center in Laurel for treatment of what was believed to be potentially life threatening injuries and later died from his injuries.
The female driver of the Hummer appeared to be uninjured and was not transported to the hospital.
Both lanes of the highway were initially shutdown for rescue operations, but one lane was reopened until the tow-truck arrived.
Emergency personnel on scene included Johnson, Glade and Ovett Volunteer Fire Departments, EMServ Ambulance Service, Jones County Fire Coordinator Dan McKenna, Jones County Emergency Operations, Jones County Fire Public Information Officer Caleb Worrell and Mississippi Highway Patrol.