RANKIN COUNTY, MS (WLBT) - A young driver distracted by an iPod is apparently the cause of an accident at the Barnett Reservoir Wednesday. The SUV hit the guard rail and plunged into the water.
The two juveniles who were in the Toyota Highlander were comforted by family and friends after their ordeal. They were able to get out of the vehicle and swim to the dam without injury. Nobody is talking publicly about exactly what happened but several sources have told WLBT an iPod was involved, not a cell phone. Some say they bumped heads in a struggle over the music player.
Chief Perry Waggoner, with the Reservoir Patrol, which is conducting the investigation, says "the investigation reveals it was a combination of distracted driving, and a young driver. ‘Does distracted driving mean a cell phone was involved?' It could mean that but in this particular case I don't believe there was one involved."
Butch Hammack, Emergency Operations Director for Madison County, was on the scene shortly after the accident. "When I got there they were out of the car and able to swim and get up on the spillway, they were uninjured. And thankfully they were out of the car and the next situation was to retrieve the vehicle, out of the water."
The accident happened about two-tenths of a mile west of the spillway. The name of the driver is not being released because she is a juvenile and is not being charged with anything.
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