Sheriff Alex Hodge and Deputy Tonya Madison with the Jones County Sheriff’s Department donated much needed toys to the Pediatrics Department, “Kids Place” at South Central Regional Medical Center last Thursday.
Sheriff Hodge said, “Thanks to the support we received from the community; we have been successful in sponsoring a toy drive to assist needy children and families at Christmas time the past two years. However; this year we decided to donate some of the stuffed animals and toys that were left from Christmas to South Central Regional Medical Center Pediatrics Unit in hopes of making a difference in the lives of sick children.”
According to Vicki Walters, Maternal Child Nursing Director for South Central Regional Medical Center, “The Pediatric department, “Kid’s Place” at South Central Regional Medical Center cares for newborns through adolescents. Most admissions to the hospital are unexpected, so the parents do not always have an opportunity to pack diversional activities for their children. We appreciate the community such as the Jones County Sheriff’s Department for remembering us with books and play activities for the children in the Pediatric Department. This allows the staff to give an item to the child for play and diversional activity which also helps to alleviate stress and fears.”
A head-on crash between an eighteen wheeler tanker and a Chrysler Town & Country mini-van has left a female child passenger dead and the adult female driver of the van in extremely critical condition. Volunteer fire and rescue units from Sandersville and Rustin were dispatched to the call just before 2:00 p.m. with the wreck reported on Sandersville-Pleasant Grove Road near Jessie Byrd Road. A second alarm dispatched Powers Volunteer Fire & Rescue with Rescue 1 and Heavy Rescue. Upon arrival, emergency services units advised both victims in the van were trapped and extensive extrication efforts were undertaken usingthree full sets of hydraulic rescue tools.
Multiple units from the Jones County Sheriff’s Department, EMServ Ambulance Service, Sandersville Police Department, Jones County Fire Coordinator Dan McKenna and Beat 3 Supervisor Barry Saul responded to the call. The adult female driver was extricated and driven by ambulance to a nearby landing zone in a field where an Air Care rescue helicopter landed. Rustin firefighters established and manned the landing zone during the air rescue helicopter’s landing and departure. The female child was declared deceased at the scene and firefighters worked diligently for nearly thirty minutes to extricate her body from the destroyed vehicle. The driver of the eighteen wheeler owned by T.K. Stanley was unhurt. The roadway was closed for over three hours as rescue, accident investigation and vehicle recovery operations proceeded. Seven rescue and fire apparatus along with nearly twenty volunteer firefighters from the three volunteer fire departments responded to the scene. Beat 3 units were called in to sand the roadway which was coated in vehicle fluids and fuel. The cause of the crash is under investigation by the Jones County Sheriff’s Department. UPDATE: Additional responding agencies to the fatality crash in Sandersville today included:
District Attorney Investigator Wayne Black, Deputy Coroner Burl Hall, Jones County Fire Chaplain Drew Blanton
We understand that the adult female driver of the mini-van who was transported by Aircare rescue helicopter was sent to Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg.
A Nissan Altima driven by an adult female which was crossing the railroad crossing at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church Road in Sandersville apparently didn’t see an oncoming Norfolk Southern freight train on Thursday night and was hit by the train’s engine. The devastating crash spun the Altima around and tossed it off the tracks as the train conductor made an emergency stop. Sandersville Volunteer Fire & Rescue was dispatched to the call at 11:53 p.m. and responded with Engine 1, Engine 2 and Rescue 1 under the command of Fire Chief John Bounds. Multiple units from the Sandersville Police Department under the command of Police Chief Tony Hosey, units from the Jones County Sheriff’s Department and Jones County Fire Coordinator Dan McKenna also responded to the incident.
The driver of the vehicle was trapped briefly in her car before being extricated by emergency responders and transported by EMServ Ambulance Service to South Central Regional Medical Center for treatment of undisclosed injuries. The Norfolk Southern freight train was pulling twenty-two freight cars headed north to Meridian when the accident occurred. There were no reports of injuries to any of the train personnel and no damage to the train tracks reported. An investigator from the Mississippi Department of Transportation Rails Division was also dispatched to the scene to conduct a post-crash investigation. The crossing where the accident occurred was not equipped with crossing signal arms or other electronic warning devices.
A two vehicle accident on Hwy. 84 East near Eastview Drive left six victims injured on Sunday night with two other individuals arrested at the scene. Powers Volunteer Fire & Rescue was dispatched to the call at 11:48 p.m. and responded with Powers Rescue 1 and Powers Heavy Rescue. In addition, multiple units from the Jones County Sheriff’s Department, Mississippi Highway Patrol Trooper Lance Taylor and Jones County Fire Coordinator Dan McKenna responded to the scene.
Initial reports indicate that a Toyota Corola was hit from behind by a KIA Sportage in the westbound lanes on Hwy. 84 East. Four adults and two children were transported from the scene by three ambulances from EMServ Ambulance Service to South Central Regional Medical Center in Laurel for treatment of undisclosed injuries. The driver of the KIA and another individual who arrived on the scene after the accident were taken into custody on undisclosed charges and transported to the Jones County Adult Detention Facility.
Both westbound lanes of Hwy. 84 East were closed for over an hour as rescue, accident investigation and vehicle recovery operations were conducted. Both vehicles sustained extensive damage and had to be towed from the scene. Powers Fire Chief Tim Flynt served as Incident Commander during the fire department response to the incident. All emergency services units were back in service by 1:00 a.m. on Monday following the crash response.
A pair of accidents on Hwy. 11 North approximately one mile north of the intersection at Interstate 59 has left the drivers of two of the three vehicles involved injured. The first crash occurred around 4:30 p.m. when a Ford F150 pickup headed northbound on Hwy. 11 crossed over into the opposing lane and left the roadway striking a Mississippi Power Company three phase power pole. The impact broke the power pole into pieces and collapsed the power lines. The pickup continued down a steep embankment and flipped several times before coming to rest on its side. The injured adult male driver was able to self-extricate himself and await rescuers.
The second accident occurred at the same location when a Chevrolet Impala was hit from behind by another Ford F150 pickup. The adult female driver of the Impala was injured while the adult male driver of the pickup and two male children were uninjured. Both of the injured victims were transported by EMServ Ambulance Service to South Central Regional Medical Center for treatment of undisclosed injuries.
Powers Rescue 1, Powers Heavy Rescue, Sandersville Engine 1-Rescue 1, Jones County Fire Coordinator Dan McKenna, units from the Jones County Sheriff’s Department and Mississippi Highway Patrol Trooper Trea Staples responded to the incident. Numerous Mississippi Power Company personnel have responded to the scene to replace the power pole and re-route electrical power to Sandersville to prevent an outage. Electrical power to approximately ten homes along Highway 11 North will be impacted for up to three hours as power crews set a new power pole, remove the damaged sections of the existing pole and re-attach power lines to the new pole.
A fire in a classroom at Northeast Jones Middle School caused extensive fire, heat and smoke damage to one classroom and sent heavy smoke into eighteen other classrooms and hallways on Wednesday morning. Volunteer fire units from Powers, M&M and Glade along with Jones County Fire Coordinator Dan McKenna were dispatched to the fire at 6:10 a.m. and responded immediately having just returned to their stations from a storage barn fire in the Glade Community. Powers Engine 1 was the first fire truck on scene and reported heavy smoke visible in the west end of the school with school staff advising firefighters of the exact location of the fire. Powers firefighters Cory Cotton and Joey Davis entered the building in full turnout gear and self-contained breathing apparatus and were quickly able to suppress the flames. A second alarm dispatched Sandersville Fire & Rescue and Northeast Jones Fire District Chief John Bounds to the scene to bring additional positive pressure fans to supplement those on the scene to push the smoke out of the building. Powers Asst. Chief Brent Broadway served as Incident Commander during the fire department response to the blaze.
Jones County Sheriff’s Department Investigator Sgt. Scott Sims, who serves as the County Fire Investigator, also responded to the scene and conducted a fire investigation. Sgt. Sims determined the fire to be an accidental electrical fire which originated at a bookshelf which had two 110 volt electrically powered devices stored there. The fire melted plastic items throughout the classroom and extended into the ceiling area above the ceiling tiles. Adjoining classrooms were checked for fire extension; however, the fire was not able to advance significantly into other areas. Jones County School District Superintendent Steve Thrash along with other district employees and NEJ staff were on the scene working to relocate arriving students to other unaffected areas of the school to begin taking semester tests. Three fire engines, two tankers and two rescue trucks responded to the scene along with Dixie Electric Power Association.
As firefighters were conducting overhaul operations, Glade Volunteer Fire & Rescue was dispatched to a report of a man down in a field on Currie Road. A unit from EMServ Ambulance Service responded to the scene along with Glade Medical First Responders and firefighters to rescue the downed man. No information was available on his condition or cause of his injury. Within minutes of leaving the fire at Northeast Jones Middle School, fire units from Powers and M&M responded to an electrical fire at the home of Sam Billbrew at #40 Billbrew Road in the Powers Community. An electrical short at the meter base threatened to create a fire, but quick action by the homeowner prevented fire extension. Mississippi Power Association responded to the scene to disconnect power to the home until electrical repair work could be conducted by the owner. During the same timeframe, volunteer fire units from South Jones and Southwest Jones responded to a strong smell of gas in Church Street area of Moselle. Upon arrival, firefighters conducted a check of the area but did not find any leaking gas in the area. Just after lunch, Powers firefighters also responded to an out of control brush fire threatening a residence in the 300 block of Eastview Drive. The fire was quickly extinguished and no structures were reported to be damaged in the blaze.
An adult male driver of a Kia passenger car suffered what appeared to be serious injuries in an accident on Township Road in the Glade Community on Monday evening.
The vehicle left the roadway near the 500 block of Township Road in a sharp curve striking large tree stumps and a dead tree before coming to rest in the edge of the woods. Volunteer firefighters and Medical First Responders from Glade Volunteer Fire & Rescue responded with Glade Rescue 1 and Engine 1 to the scene immediately as they were in their regular monthly meeting at the fire station which is less than two miles away.
The driver of the vehicle was extricated and transported by EMServ Ambulance Service to South Central Regional Medical Center in Laurel for treatment of undisclosed injuries.
Two units from the Jones County Sheriff’s Department along with Jones County Fire Coordinator Dan McKenna also responded to the crash scene which closed the roadway to one lane of traffic for over thirty minutes.
A seventeen year old Jones County teenager is thankful that he was not seriously injured in a crash on Old Hwy. 15 South on Wednesday evening. According to reports from the scene, the teenager struck a bridge abutment near 1015 Old Hwy. 15 South demolishing all of the bridge railing as the Toyota pickup truck rode along the top of the bridge then struck a power pole on the other side of the bridge. Volunteer fire and rescue units including Medical First Responders from Ovett, Johnson and Glade along with units from the Jones County Sheriff’s Department and EMServ Ambulance Service responded to the crash expecting the worst; however, the teenager did not appear to suffer any significant injuries and declined transport to the hospital.
Jones County Fire Coordinator Dan McKenna, who responded to the crash scene, noted “This wreck could have been so much worse. It’s a miracle the truck didn’t flip upside down into the creek, that the bridge railing didn’t penetrate the truck cab or that the impact with the power pole didn’t drop live electrical lines onto the pickup. This young man has a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving holiday.”
In addition to emergency service units, Dixie Electric Power Association responded to repair the damaged power pole and a crew from Jones County Beat 4 responded to evaluate and replace the destroyed bridge railing. Ovett Volunteer Fire & Rescue Chief Gordon Pitts served as Incident Commander during the fire department response to the wreck.
A two vehicle accident at the intersection of Hwy. 84 East and Magnolia Road, the second since Friday, sent one victim to a local hospital on Monday suffering from undisclosed injuries.
Powers Volunteer Fire & Rescue was dispatched to the incident at 1:43 p.m. and reported a pickup truck and a passenger car had collided at the intersection. The adult male driver of the passenger car was uninjured, but his wife was transported by an ambulance to Wayne General Hospital for treatment.
Jones County Fire Coordinator Dan McKenna, Jones County Fire Chaplain Drew Blanton, a unit from EMServ Ambulance Service, units from the Jones County Sheriff’s Department and the Mississippi Highway Patrol also responded to the crash. Both vehicles sustained extensive damage and had to be towed from the scene.
A two alarm fire at a residence on Royal Avenue in Ovett on Sunday morning at 12:56 a.m. keep volunteer firefighters from six departments busy until nearly 4:00 a.m.
The first alarm dispatched volunteer fire units from Ovett, Johnson, Union and Moselle with Ovett volunteers reporting flames visible from their fire station. Upon arrival, Ovett requested a second alarm which sent Glade Engine 1 and Tanker 1 and Powers Tanker 1 to the scene. According to reports from the scene, two additional structures were threatened along with a residential propane tank located approximately ten feet from the burning home.
Jones County Fire Coordinator Dan McKenna along with units from the Jones County Sheriff’s Department also responded to the scene.
No cause of the fire was immediately determine and a fire investigator from the Jones County Sheriff’s Department was expected on the scene later Sunday to try to determine the cause of the fire.