SUV Plunges Into Reservoir - - Jackson, MS

SUV Plunges Into Reservoir

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RANKIN COUNTY, MS (WLBT) - Two teenage girls are, miraculously, alive after their S-U-V plunged into the Reservoir. The accident happened around 3:45 Wednesday afternoon. The two girls did manage to swim to safety.

Sgt. Wayne Cockrell with the Reservoir Patrol tells us barricades now surround the area where the vehicle went through the guard rail. This is near the control tower not far from the river channel on Spillway Road.

The S-U-V traveled around 100 feet past the rail and landed in the water. It was completely submerged. Divers were called in to locate the vehicle and to tie lines to remove it from the water.

"The initial call came in to us as a vehicle in the water off the spillway. Initially they said there were people in the vehicle. When we arrived on the scene, Ridgeland P.D. and Reservoir Patrol got here first.  They were out, it was two teenage girls who were out of the vehicle standing on the bank. Why the vehicle left the roadway, we're not sure. They left the roadway behind us, went over the guard rail into the water," said Butch Hammack, Emergency Management Director for Madison County.

Sgt. Cockrell says a crew will be at the site Thursday to assess the damage and make repairs to the guard rail. Investigators are now questioning two witnesses who saw the accident as they try to determine exactly what happened.

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