A two car collision on top of “Air Base Hill” sent a family of four to the hospital Friday afternoon.
According to witnesses, Randy Cantrell was turning his 2006 silver Pontiac into the Shell Station parking lot onto Hwy. 45 N. when the passenger side of the vehicle was sideswiped by a 2005 Honda Accord, driven by Lynn Chism.
Witness says the Pontiac then crossed two lanes of oncoming traffic before coming to a stop at the entrance of the Shell Station. When the Accord hit the Pontiac, the passenger side door of the vehicle collapsed onto passenger Britney Shellnut, pinning her in the car.
Countless Firefighters, EMT’s and Lowndes County Deputies worked to free a screaming Shellnut from the wreckage using the jaws of life to cut into the twisted metal. Once she was free, Shellnut was transported onto a backboard and loaded into one of three waiting ambulances.
EMT’s called for Care-Flight on scene but were told that the medical helicopter was 25 minutes out. Shellnut was in obvious pain on scene, continuously screaming, and EMT’s made the decision to drive to the hospital in Aberdeen which is equipped with a helipad. While en route however, the paramedics continued past Aberdeen, driving Shellnut straight to Tupelo.
While he was able to walk away from the wreck, he was put in a spinal package on scene and also transported to Tupelo.
Two children, age three and eight years old, were both restrained in booster seats in the back. The children received minor cuts due to glass breaking and were both transported to baptist Memorial Hospital- Golden Triangle.
Chism was uninjured the accident but the front of his vehicle sustained major damage. According to officials with the Mississippi Highway Patrol, the accident is still under investigation.0