Drivers were not ejected

Published 7:00 am Saturday, July 19, 2014

The drivers involved in Tuesday’s fatal accident on Ceasar Road were not ejected from their vehicles, Pearl River County Fire Marshall Albert Lee said in an updated statement Friday.

According to a previous story in the Item, a witness to the accident said she saw the GMC Sierra collide with the Dodge Ram following behind her after the Sierra swerved into her lane forcing her to leave the road.

“Both drivers were entrapped in their trucks,” Lee said.

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The South East Volunteer Fire Department had to cut doors open to both vehicles to get the drivers out, Lee said.

Lee said when he arrived on the scene both drivers were unbelted so he is unsure whether they were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the collision.

“Both trucks were so mangled,” Lee said. “And as hard as they hit, the seatbelts could have come loose. I’ve heard of that happening before.”

The Dodge Ram’s passenger door was cut to remove the driver and the GMC Sierra’s driver door was cut to remove the driver of that vehicle, Lee said.

Both drivers were transported to Forrest General Hospital.

18-year-old Jacob Moeller, who was driving the Dodge, passed away from multiple systems trauma, Pearl River County Coroner Derek Turnage said in a previous story.

Authorities are still investigating the cause of the accident and as with all accidents involving fatalities blood tests are under way to determine if drugs or alcohol were a contributing factor.