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Three people recovering after being ejected in Friday morning wreck

NATCHEZ — Three people including two children were ejected from a van in a traffic accident Friday morning on U.S. 61 south of Log Cabin Lane in Adams County, Mississippi Highway patrol officials said.

Non of the victims suffered life-threatening injuries, said Trooper Craig James, MHP public affairs officer Troop M.

Troopers responded to the call at approximately 7:11 a.m. Friday, James said.

“After arriving, Troopers learned that a Fayette woman (Kimberly Smith) was traveling south on U.S. 61 in a Chrysler Town and County van with her two children when she crashed into a trailer being towed by a Natchez man (James Moffett),” James said. “The trailer was being towed by a 2019 Ford F-250 that was traveling in the same direction as the van.”

James said the collision sent the Chrysler van into the median where it overturned approximately eight times, ejecting the three occupants.

“The two children ejected from the van (3 and 5 years of age) sustained non-life threatening injuries and were transported by ambulance to UMMC in Jackson,” James said. “The driver of the van was airlifted to Rapids Hospital in Alexandria, Louisiana, with moderate to severe injuries. The driver of the pickup was not injured. The driver of the van was not buckled up and the children were not in child restraints.”

James said while it is fortunate no one was seriously injured or killed, the accident should serve as a reminder of the importance of buckling up.