Speeding car kills 3 in Jones county

JONES COUNTY, Miss. - The following is a press release from the Jones County Volunteer Fire Department.

At around 2AM Wednesday morning, units from Ovett Volunteer Fire Department were dispatched to the scene of a one vehicle accident on Highway 15 South about one mile north of Upper Ovett Road.

When Ovett firefighters and EMServ medics initially arrived on scene, they found a severely damaged car with three occupants trapped in the vehicle.

Due to the severity of the situation, Ovett requested assistance from Glade Volunteer Fire Department to help with the extrication of the occupants. Before initializing extrication with hydraulic power tools, it was concluded that at least two of the three occupants were deceased.

Rescue personnel believed they may have been able to save the third occupant, but during extrication efforts, it was concluded that the third occupant was also deceased. Although the ages of the victims cannot be confirmed, it was believed that they were younger individuals.

The occupants were two males and one female and were all local to the area, at least two of the three resided within Ovett presently or at another time.

It took firefighters and rescue personnel several hours to extricate the bodies of the victims from the vehicle due to the severe damage the vehicle had sustained during the wreck, and the highway remained closed until about 6:30AM.

The Jones County Coroner's Office also responded to the scene and declared all three dead. It was reported that the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed but the exact cause of the accident is unknown.

Rescue personnel on scene included Ovett and Glade Volunteer Fire Departments, EMServ Ambulance Service, Jones County Sheriff's Department, Mississippi Highway Patrol, Jones County Coroner's Office, Jones County District Attorney Wayne Black and Fire Coordinator 2 Gordon Pitts.

Fire apparatus on scene included Ovett Engine and Rescue, Glade Rescue.

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