Man airlifted after flipping truck on Polly Bell Road


A man was airlifted to an area hospital with serious injuries after flipping his pickup truck Friday night on a gravel road in a heavily-wood part of northern Oktibbeha County just shy of the Clay County line. 

By: 
RYAN PHILLIPS
SDN EDITOR

A man was airlifted to an area hospital with serious injuries after flipping his pickup truck Friday night on a gravel road in a heavily-wood part of northern Oktibbeha County just shy of the Clay County line. 

Oktibbeha County Fire Services Coordinator Kirk Rosenhan said the Adaton/Self Creek Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a residence at 3212 Polly Bell Road at about 7:44 p.m. Friday evening for a one-vehicle wreck. 

Upon arriving on the scene, they found the pickup truck had left the gravel road, crossed a driveway to a private residence and went airborne, crashing through trees and coming to rest upright but with the roof caved in. 

Rosenhan said emergency crews did an “exemplary” job extricating the man from the truck.

According to Rosenhan, the driver of the truck was the only occupant of the vehicle. 

“You can’t believe how far up the tree where he hit the bark on the tree and flipped down in the ditch and the roof came down on top of him,” Rosenhan said, pointing to the tops of trees where bark was scrapped off close to 10 feet from the ground. “They did a great job of getting him out. He was pinned in there, he wasn’t crushed. Another couple inches and he would have been. We used the cutters, the spreaders and the ram.” 

About a mile down the gravel road, emergency crews used an open field to land the AirCare helicopter to airlift the driver. 

Crews from OCH Regional Medical Center and the Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s Department also responded to the wreck. 

OSCO is investigating the cause of the wreck. 

Wayne Dickerson, a lifelong Oktibbeha County resident, lives at the home where the wreck occurred and said he was inside cooking dinner when he heard a loud crash outside. 

“All of a sudden I heard a boom, what made me come out, my nephew is bad about playing basketball and throwing the ball up against the house,” he said as he picked up what was left of his mailbox, the post from which was flung about 50 yards from where it was originally. 

Dickerson stepped outside to check, but noticing nothing immediately, he walked to the end of his driveway and noticed large limbs strewn out in the road. 

“I walked down here but I didn’t look over to that side and was grabbing the limbs and pulling them out of the road and I looked and saw it,” he said. 

Dickerson surmised that the driver or occupants of the vehicle might have already left the scene, so he walked over to investigate and noticed the driver was still pinned. 

He then concluded that on the sparsely populated road, which sees little traffic at night, the situation could have been much worse had he not been home to immediately call 911. 

“He was trying to move and I told him to not move,” Dickerson said. “He talked to me, he was trying to work his way out and I kept telling him ‘don’t move, don’t move, help is on the way.’ I went back to the house and got my phone and made that call.” 

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