Harrison County

Firefighters extricate driver after crash in Pass Christian

Officers with Harrison County fire units work to extricate a driver from an SUV Thursday afternoon after the vehicle went down an embankment and struck a tree along Interstate 10.
Officers with Harrison County fire units work to extricate a driver from an SUV Thursday afternoon after the vehicle went down an embankment and struck a tree along Interstate 10. Courtesy of Pat Sullivan

A vehicle plunged into an embankment and struck a tree during heavy rainfall Thursday on Interstate 10 near Pass Christian.

The driver was trapped in the vehicle and was seriously injured, Harrison County Fire Chief Pat Sullivan said.

It took firefighters from several departments 45 minutes to cut up the crushed Chevrolet Trailblazer to remove the driver, said Sullivan, who videotaped the rescue.

The eastbound vehicle crashed just west of the Menge Avenue exit about 4 p.m. Thursday, Sullivan said.

The driver had no passengers, he said.

Initial investigation shows the driver was in the left lane when he lost control of the Trailblazer, which crossed into the right lane and ran off the road, Mississippi Highway Patrol spokesman Chase Elkins said.

Paramedics with American Medical Response treated the man at the scene before taking him to Memorial Hospital at Gulfport.

Around 4 p.m. during a heavy downpour Thursday, March 29, 2018, an eastbound SUV went down an embankment and struck a tree along Interstate 10. It took fire units around 45 minutes to extricate the driver from the vehicle.

The driver's name and condition were not available Friday.

Sullivan said the Trailblazer had a Texas tag.

First-responders at the scene included the Harrison County Fire Service, Pass Christian Fire Department and the CRTC (Air National Guard Airport Fire Department).

Robin Fitzgerald, 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews
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