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August 8, 2013

Four injured, one flown to Jackson after crash

MERIDIAN —     A two-car collision Wednesday morning sent four people to Meridian hospitals to be treated for injuries.

    One woman, the driver of a Chrysler 300, was airlifted later Wednesday morning to The University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. Officials said Wednesday afternoon the woman suffered from severe chest and head trauma.

    Three other people, two of them children, were said to have received moderate injuries.     

    According to authorities at the scene, the collision occurred at about 8 a.m. where Highway 19 North meets Highway 494 in Suqualena. Authorities said the woman driving the Chrysler 300 was attempting to cross the southbound lanes of Highway 19 North when it collided with a southbound Ford Taurus. The impact of the crash was directly on the drivers side door of the Chrysler with the Taurus suffering extensive front end damage.

    The Taurus careened off the side of the Chrysler and came to rest a few yards down the northbound lanes of Highway 19 North, officials said. The Chrysler came to rest in the crossover median of the highway.

    Authorities at the scene said it was fortunate there was not heavy northbound traffic in the immediate area at the time of the crash as the Ford may have run into oncoming vehicles.

    When emergency personnel arrived on the scene, all the occupants of the Ford were out of the vehicle, some complaining of neck pain. The airbags on the Ford had deployed and authorities said all of the occupants were wearing safety belts at the time of the crash.

    When first responders from Suqualena reached the Chrysler, the driver was unconscious and pinned inside. Authorities said the jaws of life had to be used to cut and tear away some of the interior of the car so the victim could be carefully moved through the passenger area.

    Authorities said the woman was also experiencing trouble breathing. She was transported to a Meridian hospital and then later airlifted by UMC Air Care out of Key Field to Jackson. Her condition early Wednesday afternoon was listed as serious. There was no information available late Wednesday as to her updated condition.

    Emergency crews worked for an additional hour to clear the debris from the north and south lanes of Highway 19. Traffic on both sides of the highway were reduced to one lane while emergency crews were on the scene. The highway was opened back up shortly after 9:30 a.m.

    Both vehicles were a total loss.

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