Ben Hillyer/The Natchez Democrat — Natchez firefighters Brad Walker, Thomas McGinty, Gordon Morrison and Leland Rymer try to pry off one of the doors that had Gregory Mason trapped in his car for more than an hour after it was rammed by another car on the U.S. 61 frontage road near the former Ryan’s restaurant. Mason, who was driving a Nissan with a Jefferson Davis County car tag, was unresponsive during the rescue. Firefighters used the Jaws of Life to cut their way into the car.

Man in critical condition after car wreck

Published 5:57pm Friday, November 2, 2012

NATCHEZ — A man is in critical condition after being airlifted from the scene of a wreck on U.S. 61 North where he was struck by a driver who reportedly passed out behind the wheel.

Natchez Detective Jerry Ford said Gregory Mason was sitting at the stop sign on the frontage road near the former Ryan’s Restaurant when Eric Herrington, driving south in a Cadillac, crossed the median and struck Mason’s vehicle.

Herrington’s car, Ford said, landed on the driver’s side of Mason’s car.

First responders worked for approximately an hour to remove Mason, who was unresponsive, from the car with the Jaws of Life.

Mason was airlifted to Rapides Regional Medical Center, Ford said, and as of 8 p.m. was in critical condition.

In the car with Herrington were Tasha Hill, Jack Johnson and Penny Ellis, who were transported to Natchez Community Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Ford said Herrington told police he had received an antibiotic shot while at a hospital in Fayette which caused him to pass out while driving.

Mason was driving a vehicle with a Jefferson Davis County license plate.

 

Ben Hillyer/The Natchez Democrat — Natchez firefighters Brad Walker, Thomas McGinty, Gordon Morrison and Leland Rymer try to pry off one of the doors that had Gregory Mason trapped in his car for more than an hour after it was rammed by another car on the U.S. 61 frontage road near the former Ryan’s restaurant. Mason, who was driving a Nissan with a Jefferson Davis County car tag, was unresponsive during the rescue. Firefighters used the Jaws of Life to cut their way into the car.
  • Erin Jackson

    Geez, never heard of an antibiotic shot causing you to pass out!!!???What bologna…..

  • http://www.facebook.com/dennis.williams.5030 Dennis Williams

    Why was he driving if that’s what really happen?

  • Anonymous

    I agree…never heard of an antibiotic shot causing you to pass out!?!?! And with a car full of people, why wasn’t someone else driving the car!?!?!?!? Pray that Mr. Mason comes through this in good shape…he is truly a victim of circumstance. My prayers are with him and his family.

  • Anonymous

    It can happen, it’s called a vagal response, but the odds of it being after 15 minutes post shot are slim. That’s why sometimes the doctor ask you to wait a while before you leave after a shot.

  • Anonymous

    He (Herrington), may have had an allergic reaction to the shot that could have caused him to pass out, but with three other people in the car, he should have asked/let someone else drive. My prayers are with Mr. Mason and his family

  • becky

    Praying that greg keeps getting better he is a single father with 3 boys who needs him I think if there was 3 others in car 1 of them could had took the wheel an stered away from hitting him hope if the shot did cause the wreak then greg should sue the hospital an the other driver hes going need it

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