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Man injured after crashing into livestock trailer on Hwy. 49

The car then went airborne and flipped over five or six times before landing on its roof on the...
The car then went airborne and flipped over five or six times before landing on its roof on the right side of the roadway.(WDAM)
Published: Nov. 9, 2021 at 12:06 PM CST
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FORREST COUNTY, Miss. (WDAM) - One man was injured after his car flipped over on Highway 49 South on Tuesday around 9:45 a.m.

According to Mississippi Highway Patrol Sgt. Chase Elkins, the driver received minor injuries from the crash and was transported to an area hospital.

According to eyewitness Tom Riddell, of Madison, the driver hit the back-end of a livestock trailer on Highway 49 going south. The car then went airborne and flipped over five or six times before landing on its roof on the right side of the roadway.

According to Riddell, the driver of the car, which was a red 2015 Hyundai Elantra, was able to crawl out of the vehicle.

Thomas “Tom” Berry, the driver of a 1997 Ford F-350 pulling the trailer, said he pulled out of the Southeast Mississippi Livestock building going south. He had just turned into the far left lane to cross the median when he was hit.

The crash damaged the trailer’s back entrance allowing Berry’s cow to escape. Berry said the cow was later captured heading north on Highway 49 and returned to the Southeast Mississippi Livestock building.

No injures were reported for the Ford driver or the cow.

Members of the Rawls Springs Fire Department and the Forrest County Sheriff’s Department arrived on the scene. The Mississippi Highway Patrol later arrived and took jurisdiction of the crash.

Traffic on Highway 49 South was stalled on Highway 49 for about an hour.

This crash remains under investigation by the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

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