Six transported to hospitals following one-vehicle crash near Jasper, Smith County line

Two AirCare helicopters wait in an open field near a serious one-vehicle accident that occurred on Highway 531 Tuesday afternoon. Two accident victims were transported by the helicopters to local hospitals. Four were transported by ambulance.

A serious, Tuesday afternoon vehicle accident near the Jasper County and Smith County line sent four people to local hospitals by ambulance, and two involved in the crash were flown by helicopter to local hospitals.

According to Jasper County Emergency Management Deputy Director Hudson Jenkins the accident involved only one vehicle and occurred on Highway 531 approximately three miles inside Smith County. Bay Springs Volunteer Fire Department was called to assist Sylvarena Volunteer Fire Department at the accident scene. Multiple ambulances arrived at the accident scene, and two AirCare helicopters landed nearby to transport two accident victims.

“At approximately 12:30 p.m., Bay Springs VFD was dispatched to assist Sylvarena VFD (Smith County) with a one-vehicle accident on Highway 531. Upon first units arrival, they found a one vehicle MVA (passenger van versus tree) with multiple entrapments and injuries. Four patients were able to get out of the vehicle, and two needed to be extricated with the jaws of life,” Jenkins explained. “Multiple ambulances were called to the scene and two AirCare helicopters were also dispatched to the scene. Six patients total were transported to local hospitals.”

No other information has been released about the accident victims as of yet, and the accident is currently under investigation.

Jenkins praised area responders for their work at the accident scene.

“Excellent response and teamwork by Bay Springs VFD, Sylvarena VFD, Taylorsville VFD, Raleigh VFD, Jasper County EMA, Smith County EMA, Jasper SO, Smith SO, AMR Ambulance, ASAP Ambulance, and AirCare Helicopter,” he mentioned.

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