Survivors of head-on crash identified - - Jackson, MS

Survivors of head-on crash identified

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By Howard Ballou - bio | email

SCOTT COUNTY, MS – The Mississippi Highway Patrol has released the names of the survivors from Wednesday's horrifying head-on collision in Scott County near Morton. 

The accident happened on Highway 13 about two-and-a-half miles south of Interstate 20.

The call came into MHP at 6:24 in the morning. 

The driver of the 1991 Chevrolet pickup truck, 44-year-old Andrew Johnson of Morton, was initially taken to a Morton hospital and later transferred to University Medical Center in Jackson. 

37-year-old Keisha Hayes of Forest was driving a 2000 Pontiac Bonneville. She was also taken to a Morton hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. 

Johnson's truck was on fire, trapping him inside until truck driver Jerome Thomas came to the rescue.

Thomas used his bare hands to bend the hot, twisted metal of Johnson's truck enough to free him. 

Thomas is being hailed a hero, but he said he couldn't just stand by and watch Johnson die. 

"The whole door was caved in. The only thing was get my hands on the top and start pulling. ‘Where did you get the strength?' The man above." 

 A former Jackson fire official says Thomas could qualify for a national Andrew Carnegie Foundation Award. 

Johnson is in the intensive care unit at UMC. 

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