A two-vehicle collision on Interstate 55 near Canton on Tuesday morning caused severe injuries to several people, including three Greenwood residents.
According to the Mississippi Highway Patrol, at 10:10 a.m. Tuesday, a southbound Ford F-350 traveling in the left lane had a tire blowout and collided with a Chevrolet Silverado in the right lane at the 124-mile marker. After the impact, the F-350 hit trees on the shoulder, and the Silverado was pinned against it.
Those involved in the crash were transported to University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. Four of the five people were still there Wednesday — three who had been in the Silverado and had serious injuries, and the occupant of the F-350, who suffered life-threatening injuries, according to a Highway Patrol report.
Heidi Lance of Greenwood, a passenger in the Silverado, said she, husband Ryan Lance and father-in-law Gary Lance were at UMMC awaiting procedures. Her son was back at home with other family members.
“Only thing I was thinking about was wanting to be back at home with my son,” Heidi Lance said. “He’s never been away from me.”
Lance said she suffered numerous fractured vertebrae, her husband has leg and possible back injuries and her father-in-law has several severe injuries. Her son has only “bumps and bruises,” Lance said.
Demarcus Dixon of Jackson, the driver of the F-350, was in fair condition, UMMC spokesperson Ruth Cummins said.
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The original version of this article incorrectly reported that four Greenwood residents were severely injured in the accident.