Emergency responders rushed to Hwy 12 East just north of Sand Rd. shortly after 6:30 am Tuesday morning in response to a two car head-on collision. Lowndes County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived to find two mangled vehicles on opposite sides of the road near the peak of the Hwy. 12 bridge. (The bridge is the highest of the three bridges just north of Sand Rd. The 550 ft. bridge goes over the railroad tracks)
A 2001 Ford Ranger was on fire on the west side of the road when deputies arrived, and driver Jordy Jaynes was quickly pulled from the wreckage. Across from the road was a 2002 Chevy Malibu with severe damage to the front driver’s side. Columbus Fire and District 3 Volunteers arrived and extinguished the blaze as BMH-GT paramedics stabilized Jaynes.
An initial analysis of the scene led investigators to believe that Jaynes’ truck was headed south on Hwy 12 when it veered into Loredo’s lane. The front of Jaynes’ Ford Ranger was destroyed on impact, and Loredo’s Malibu suffered catastrophic damage to the front driver’s side, causing the front end of the vehicle to push the firewall and dashboard components into Loredo. Jaynes’ truck spun 180 degrees and struck the concrete wall of the bridge, and Loredo’s car jackknifed 90 degrees and struck the other side of the bridge head on.
Jaynes was loaded into a waiting ambulance as the fire that had engulfed his truck was extinguished. Jose Aguilar was then placed on a backboard and loaded into an ambulance, but was quickly moved into the same ambulance with Jaynes when it was decided that the other ambulance should be saved for Loredo. [The decision was made very quickly to reserve the other ambulance for Loredo, just as the Care flight helicopter flew over the wreck site to its landing zone in the field in front of Immanuel Christian Education Center on the corner of Military and Hwy 12.-Ed]
While the two men were being stabilized, rescue crews worked on extricating Loredo from her car. The windshield was peeled off, and workers placed Loredo in an oxygen mask and a neck brace to prevent further injury. She was also temporarily covered in white blankets while she laid in the fully reclined driver’s seat as the windows were broken out of the car. Small generators were carried to her car to power several Jaws of Life tools, as well as at least one reciprocating saw, and firemen began to cut the roof off of the sedan. (Loredo had been trapped in the car for nearly 20 minutes at this point, but was somewhat aware of her surroundings, and moaned several times during the ordeal)
The roof of the car was cut off at the pillars, and moved over to the center of the highway. As work continued on Loredo’s car, the wife of Jordy Jaynes arrived on scene in and begged for information on her husband. She was taken to his ambulance briefly, and then made her way back to her car to meet him at the hospital. (Jaynes was reportedly taken to BMH-GT, then later transported to a hospital in Jackson)
Around this time, the driver of a southbound log truck walked up to the accident scene to discuss an alternative route with deputies and, after a brief discussion, returned to his rig. As the ambulance carrying Jayne and Aguilar departed north to Military Rd., rescue workers on scene began to scream to stop the ambulance as they noticed the driver of the log truck had attempted to turn his truck around and got somewhat stuck in the mud on the side of the road- essentially blocking the ambulance’s route to the hospital. A Mississippi Highway Patrolman quickly (and quite angrily) raced to the bottom of the north end of the bridge to help unblock the roadway. The ambulance quickly abandoned its’ northbound route, instead driving south toward the 82 bypass. [The blockade of sorts actually ended up being quite a fortunate turn of events, as the traffic that had been redirected down Military Rd. because of the accident was backed up almost to the railroad crossing. I imagine that, even with sirens blaring, the traffic surely would have delayed the ride to BMH-GT much more than the alternative route down the 82 bypass.-CK]
After nearly 20 minutes of cutting and prying, Loredo was pried free of the driver’s seat and placed in a waiting ambulance. She was transported to the waiting Care flight helicopter at the large grass field in front of Immanuel Christian School and flown to Tupelo in critical condition suffering from a broken pelvis and severe cuts to her legs. [I was told late yesterday she had been moved to a Memphis hospital for the severe wounds to her leg and that a partial amputation might be considered- but I could not get any official confirmation.-Ed]0