Child and mother injured in wreck on I-59 in Jones County

JONES CO, MS - A two-year male child is clinging to life after being seriously injured in a two-vehicle accident on I-59, Friday afternoon, February 13. The mother received moderate injuries during the accident.

At 12:13, Ellisville Fire Department responded to the wreck, which occurred near the 85 mile marker of I-59, along with available volunteer firefighter emergency medical responders.

The child was not breathing when Steven Norris, a Pleasant Ridge Volunteer Fire Department firefighter, who was traveling on I-59 at the time of the accident, reached the vehicle. Norris immediately began CPR on the child, until EMServ ambulance service EMTs arrived on scene.

The child was transported to Forrest General Hospital by EMServ with life threatening injuries, and was later airlifted to Jackson.

The mother was also transported to Forest General Hospital with what was believed to be moderate and non-life threatening injuries.

A dump truck was also involved in the accident, but the driver was uninjured.

The accident apparently occurred when the vehicle carrying the mother and child, a Dodge Avenger, and the dump truck collided sending the Dodge off the road. The vehicle traveled several yards up an embankment, and crashed into a tree.

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The exact cause of the accident remains under investigation by the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

Also, responding to the accident were Jones County Sheriff’s Department, Jones County Fire Coordinator Dan McKenna, Jones County District Attorney’s Office Investigator Wayne Black, Jones County Fire Council Chaplain Brother Drew Blanton, and Powers VFD Emergency Medical Responder Lance Chancellor.

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