Accident responded to by Carriere VFD

Published 2:27 pm Friday, September 17, 2010

A one-vehicle accident Tuesday night ended on a happy note thanks to the quick reactions of the victim’s boyfriend and the Carriere Volunteer Fire Department.

Capt. Kearney Walters with the Carriere Volunteer Fire Department said the accident occurred on Darby Lane in Carriere when an older model Chevrolet truck left the road and went into a small creek.

Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Shane Tucker said the driver was identified as 37 year-old Angie M. Peters of Petal.

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Walters said when his department responded to the accident, they found the truck laying on the driver’s side in the water and Peters’ boyfriend was holding her head out of the water. Investigation into the incident found  that Peters’ boyfriend was following behind her when the accident occurred, and he called 911 and helped keep her head out of the water until emergency responders arrived.

A volunteer firefighter gained access to the cab of the truck through the rear window and put a cervical collar on Peters while other firefighters used extrication equipment to pull the roof off and get Peters out of the truck and out of the creek.

Once she was removed from the truck, she was put on a back board and other special equipment to safely remove her up the steep banks from the creek bed before being taken to Highland Community Hospital.

Tucker said she suffered moderate injuries during the accident.