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Seat belt credited with saving man's life

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

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

A two vehicle accident on I-59 Wednesday afternoon could have potentially ended in tragedy had the driver of one of the vehicles not been wearing his seat-belt. Sandersville and Powers Volunteer Fire Departments, as well as Laurel Fire Department, responded to the scene of the accident on I-59 near exit 99. Upon arrival, firefighters and Emergency Medical Responders found two vehicles that were involved in the accident - an 18-wheeler hauling a section of a mobile home and a blue passenger car.

According to reports, the two vehicles collided in the southbound lanes, which resulted in the blue car crossing the median into the northbound lanes and rolling several times before coming to a stop right-side-up.

The driver of the blue car stated that he "closed his eyes as his vehicle rolled at least five times." The driver was wearing a seat-belt at the time of the accident and emergency responders credit that as to what potentially prevented the man from being ejected from the vehicle, seriously injured or possibly killed.

The driver of the blue car was assessed on scene by Emergency Medical Responders and EMServ medics but refused transport to the hospital. He was later taken by a personal vehicle to South Central Regional Medical Center emergency room in Laurel to be further assessed. It is unclear if the driver of the 18-wheeler was injured.

Amazingly, no other vehicles were impacted by the blue car as it rolled down the interstate.

The northbound lanes of the interstate were intermittently shutdown during rescue, accident investigation and vehicle recover operations, and traffic was rerouted onto exit 99.

Emergency personnel on scene included Sandersville and Powers Volunteer Fire Departments, Laurel Fire Department, EMServ Ambulance Service, Jones County Sheriff's Department and Mississippi Highway Patrol.

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