Thursday, November 10, 2011
Several injured in wreck
By SUE WATSON
A head-on collision, on Highway 178 in Byhalia Tuesday of last week, took the Jaws of Life to extricate a driver from a vehicle.
Air ambulance was called to take two females to The Med in Memphis, Tenn., and an under-a-month-old baby was transported to Le Bonheur Hospital. The driver of a second vehicle was transported to Baptist Memorial Hospital in Collierville, Tenn., according to patrolman Billy Suggs with the Byhalia Police Department.
He said he came upon the accident while patrolling on Highway 178. It occurred between Byhalia Auto Care and Tires and the NAPA place. Suggs said emergency personnel were dispatched at 6:09 p.m. November 1.
Citizens’ support and high level performance by the Byhalia Fire Department volunteers helped the tragic accident come to a safe ending, he said.
The driver of a 2008 Ford F150, Stephen Sturgeon, 50, of Fairway Trail, Hernando, was transported by ambulance and not thought to be in serious condition, but Byhalia police learned Monday that he was in critical condition with internal bleeding.
The driver of the 2004 Hyundai Accent, Coreisha Walls, 20, of Fairview Road, Byhalia, was extricated using the Jaws of Life and airlifted to The Med, Suggs said.
A passenger in the rear of the Hyundai, Shanta Ingram, 22, of Fairview Road, Byhalia, was thrown through the windshield and lying on the hood when Suggs assisted her in getting down safely to the ground. She was pregnant, he said. Ingram was also airlifted to The Med.
The baby was in an infant car seat and taken to Le Bonheur for observation, Suggs said.
The patrolman praised good Samaritans who stopped to help.
“I drove upon it and was tending to the female on the hood and took her to a safe location when a couple of ladies nearby assisted,” Suggs said. “One took the baby out and the other female citizen was checking on the pinned driver.
“I give kudos to the Byhalia Fire Department. They were on their toes and it was unbelievable the work they did. And they don’t get paid.
“They don’t get paid, but you can’t tell it by the work they do. It was something else.”
Firefighters also helped redirect traffic at the scene, he said.
The area was cleaned up and the road cleared for traffic at about 7:50 p.m, Suggs said.
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