Car crash takes the life of an elderly woman

JONES COUNTY, Miss. - One elderly woman died Wednesday due to a car accident.

Jones County officials said an SUV and a UPS truck were involved in the crash on Highway 84 East at the intersection of Lawnhaven Church Road.

The UPS driver suffered minor injuries.

Jones County coroner, Nancy Barnett said there were four occupants in the SUV. Three suffered moderate to severe injuries. The other was Betty Tinner, 83, of Waynesboro, who later passed away at Forrest General Hospital.

|Caleb Worrell, Jones County Fire Council

A two vehicle accident Wednesday morning left five people injured, one critically who later died from her injuries. 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. Upon arrival, firefighters and Emergency Medical 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 reports from firefighters and Emergency Medical 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.

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.

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.

At one point prior to the landing of the helicopter, westbound traffic was rerouted into the eastbound lanes around the accident, and eastbound traffic was rerouted to Highway 184. Eventually all lanes were completely shutdown.

The cause of the accident is unknown, and the name of the deceased individual will not be released until family has been notified.

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