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WATER VALLEY – Three people were injured in an early morning crash Friday on Hwy. 7 south of Water Valley. Yalobusha County Sheriff Jerimaine Gooch reported an ambulance from Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford was returning from a transport when the wreck occurred around 1:30 a.m. The driver and the paramedic in the ambulance were injured, as was the driver of the car involved in the collision. The ambulance did not have a patient inside.
Yalobusha County EMA Director Dalton Coleman reported that statements from scene indicated the ambulance driver observed a vehicle approaching in his lane and attempted to avoid a collision. The vehicles collided and the ambulance veered off the road, stopping in a wooded area before catching fire. Both ambulances from Yalobusha Health Service were dispatched to the scene and transported all three patients. Responding agencies included the sheriff’s department, Water Valley Police Department, Mississippi Highway Patrol, Velma Fire Department and the county rescue unit.
On Wednesday, October 13, deputies also responded to vehicle crash with injuries when a Honda Accord collided with two horses in the road on County Road 215. Both occupants in the vehicle were transported for treatment and both horses were killed by the impact.
“These were two bad wrecks in a two-day span,” Coleman reported.
The EMA director stressed the importance of owners of livestock in the county contacting the sheriff’s department and providing their phone number and location of livestock. This information can help expedite response if the dispatcher receives a report of a cow or horse in the road. The dispatcher will alert the owner of the animal while simultaneously sending a deputy to the area.