Saturday night, just before 10:00 pm, emergergency workers were called to a wreck with three occupants on Hwy 373 near the South Gate of Columbus Air Force Base. Sheriff’s Deputies, BMH Ambulances, District 2 Firefighters and CAFB firefighters responded to the wreck. On scene, they discovered a white 1989 Ford Crown Victoria upside down in a deep ditch on the south side of the highway. Upon inspection, responders found only two people in the vehicle. After searching the area and finding no extra bodies, it was assumed that the person who called in the wreck was mistaken on the number. Kevin Hamilton, 25, of Columbus, was driving and went to reach for his phone when he lost control of the car. Neither he nor passenger Tiaquont Harris, 24, also of Columbus, were wearing seatbelts. They were subsequently thrown around the cab of the car when it rolled. Rescuers dove into action, bracing up the car and pulling the two young men from the wreckage, strapped to backboards. Hamilton was unconcious, having suffered head trauma and some broken ribs. He was put on a respirator before being removed from the vehicle. Hamilton, days later, told The Packet “God blessed me that night”. Harris was tossed around in the wreck, but received no broken bones. Both men were stabilized and airlifted to NMMC-Tupelo. Just before they took off, a call came in that a passerby had seen a ‘young white man walking down 373′ and also that he looked hurt. The man, Cory Bullard, 22, of Columbus, was brought to the scene and confirmed that he was the third person in the car. A visibly shaking Bullard was put in a neck brace and wrapped in a blanket to battle the effects of the shock he was obviously suffering. Bullard, like the others, had not been wearing his seatbelt and had taken a beating in the wreck. After being checked over for more serious injuries, he was taken to BMH-GT by ambulance.
Mississippi Highway Patrol Officer Derrick Beckom took over the scene and Champion Towing recovered the Ford.0