JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A two-vehicle accident Wednesday morning left five people injured, one critically who later died from her injuries.
According to the Jones County Fire Council, the Powers, M&M, Glade, Rustin and Sandersville Volunteer Fire Departments responded to the scene of the accident on Highway 84 East at the intersection of Lawnhaven Church Road.
First responders found two vehicles on the westbound side of the highway, a white SUV with extensive front-end damage, and a UPS truck with extensive damage to its rear passenger side.
The UPS truck was off of the roadway several feet and the SUV was on the shoulder of the road, according to the council.
According to reports from firefighters and emergency responders on scene, there were four occupants in the SUV and one occupant in the UPS truck.
Three of the four occupants in the SUV sustained moderate to severe injuries and were transported by EMServ ambulance to South Central Regional Medical Center in Laurel for treatment.
The front-passenger, an elderly female, sustained life-threatening injuries, according to the council.
Reports stated that the elderly woman was responsive when first responders arrived on scene, but later became unresponsive and life support was initiated by EMR's and EMServ medics until a helicopter ambulance arrived.
Firefighters and police cordoned off a large swath of Highway 84 East to allow for the safety of emergency personnel, as well as safe landing and take-off for the helicopter.
The elderly woman was then transported by Air Care helicopter to Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg where she later passed away from her injuries, according to the council.
First responsers said the UPS driver was believed to have sustained minor to moderate injuries and was also transported by EMServ ambulance to South Central Regional Medical Center for treatment.
The cause of the accident is unknown, and the name of the deceased individual will not be released at this time, according to officials.
Emergency personnel on scene included Powers, M&M, Glade, Rustin and Sandersville Volunteer Fire Departments; Calhoun Volunteer Fire Department, which was in the area and assisted with traffic control; EMServ Ambulance Service, Jones County Sheriff's Department, Jones County Fire Coordinator Dan McKenna, Jones County Fire Public Information Officer Caleb Worrell and Mississippi Highway Patrol.