One vehicle rollover I-59 southbound sends driver to hospital

SANDERSVILLE, Miss. - This is a press release from the Jones County Fire Department.

At 5:58 p.m. on Sunday, units from Sandersville Volunteer Fire Department were dispatched to a one vehicle rollover on I-59 southbound at the 104 exit. Upon arrival, Sandersville firefighters found a red pickup truck on its side with the roof caved-in. Due to the cave-in, the female driver of the vehicle was trapped, which required firefighters to use hydraulic rescue tools to free her from the wreckage. Firefighters quickly stabilized the vehicle and began extricating the driver by carefully cutting away the roof of the truck. After a speedy extrication of the driver, she was transported by ASAP to South Central Regional Medical Center in Laurel with what was believed to be serious but not life threatening injuries. Air rescue, Rescue 7, was requested to the scene but got canceled when it was determined that the driver could be transported by an ambulance to the hospital. Both southbound lanes of I-59 were briefly shut down so firefighters could complete extrication, but the left-lane soon reopened to allow traffic to pass through. The right-lane remained closed for several minutes until wrecker services could remove the vehicle from the roadway.

Units that responded to the scene included volunteers from Sandersville, Powers, Sharon, and Glade. Mississippi Highway Patrol, Jones County Sheriff's Department, ASAP, and Jones County Fire Coordinator, Dan McKenna, were also on scene.

Fire Apparatuses included Sandersville Rescue, Sandersville Engine 1, Powers Heavy Rescue, and Powers Rescue 3. Several firefighters also arrived in their personal vehicles.

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