Wet rides result in minor injuries

Published 12:07 am Saturday, July 14, 2012

LAUREN WOOD/THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT — Emergency personnel respond to a wreck Friday afternoon involving an Adams County Sheriff’s Office patrol car that skid on the road after braking and hit a tree. The deputy received no serious injuries, but was transported to the hospital.

NATCHEZ — An Adams County Sheriff’s deputy was transported to a local hospital after he crashed his patrol unit on a wet road Friday.

Adams County Sheriff Chuck Mayfield said Deputy Joseph West was traveling on Lynda Lee Drive to pick up a prisoner from the Metro Narcotics Office on St. Catherine Street.

“He applied his brakes and went into a skid, and ended up hitting a tree in front of the alternative school,” Mayfield said.

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The sheriff said West was taken to Natchez Regional Medical Center where he was examined and had no broken bones.

“He is probably going to be a little sore but other than that he is OK,” Mayfield said.

The vehicle sustained damage on the rear driver’s side.

Natchez Police Chief Danny White said that because the accident did not involve any serious injuries the sheriff’s office would be handling the investigation.

Mayfield said a report about the wreck would be written.

West has been employed by the sheriff’s office for approximately a year, Mayfield said.

Area authorities and medical personnel responded to two other vehicle accidents on wet roads Friday as well.

One accident occurred on Liberty Road near the Natchez Trace Friday afternoon and involved a car that exited the roadway and struck a tree. Those in the vehicle were transported to the hospital.

The second accident occurred on Dunbarton Road at approximately 10 p.m., and authorities were on the scene assessing injuries.