Highway Patrol officer saved from wrecked car

Published 2:30 pm Friday, March 11, 2011

A Mississippi Highway Patrol officer from Vicksburg escaped unharmed after an on-duty wreck Tuesday night landed his patrol car upside down in rising water.

Master Sgt. John Minor told the Vicksburg Post that he shot windows out of his car to get air to breathe and call for help. The 40-year-old state trooper suffered a couple of fractured ribs and cuts and bruises among his injuries.

He was recovering at home Wednesday.

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Minor was headed north during a heavy rain on U.S. Highway 61 South about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, on his way to a wreck on Interstate 20. His patrol slid off the road, down the embankment, started flipping and then landed roof-down in water.