Thanks to help from a group of good Samaritans, a local dispatcher and her daughter were saved from a car crash that could have ended in a tragedy.
Terry Gann, chief investigator with the Yazoo County Sheriff’s Department, said a woman and her daughter hydroplaned along Highway 149 last week, which resulted in their vehicle landing in a ditched filled with water.
“Water began to enter the vehicle, and they were both under water, trapped inside,” Gann said. “Fortunately, there were other drivers who witnessed the crash and immediately went into action to save them.”
Jackie Jenkins, Seth Todd, Connor Moore, Dewayne Moore and Jack Jenkins used ropes and straps to keep the vehicle from going deeper into the water. Bernard Laird and Brooks Porter jumped into the water and busted the back window of the vehicle out with a crowbar.
“They got the child out of the water completely and assisted in keeping the driver’s head above water until first responders got to the scene,” Gann said.
Gann said when he arrived at the scene, he used his truck to help pull the vehicle out of the water enough to pull the woman out of the vehicle. She was then taken to a hospital to receive medical attention.
“If it had not been for the good Samaritans being there when the crash first happened, this would have been a tragic situation,” Gann said. “They are truly heroes.”