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MHP trooper showing signs of improvement after wreck

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LINCOLN COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A Mississippi Highway Patrol Trooper is showing positive signs of improvement following a weekend wreck. 

27-year-old Mitchell Chappell is still in serious but stable condition. 

Chappell was one of three Mississippi Highway Patrol troopers involved in three separate wrecks Sunday afternoon.

According to Corporal Brandon Fortenberry with MHP, a Trooper Chappell was responding to a wreck at 3:48 p.m., when he lost control of his car due to severe weather and hit a tree on I-55 near the 31 mile marker in Lincoln County. 

Dispatch lost contact with the trooper at 4:06 p.m. and another trooper was called in to locate him.

The second trooper located the wreck at 4:22 p.m. and found the first trooper unconscious. There was no medic on the scene, so the second trooper took him in his patrol car to seek medical attention. 

While they were on the way to get medical attention, the trooper lost control of the car due to weather conditions and wrecked. This was a minor accident and there were no additional injuries.   

A Lincoln County deputy ended up transporting the injured trooper to Kings Daughter Hospital where the trooper was eventually transported to UMMC.

According to Fortenberry, a third trooper was responding to help with the first wreck and had another wreck on U.S. 84 near Jackson-Liberty Road. This trooper was not injured. 

The incident is still under investigation. 

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