We all saw the news of the horrible vehicle accident on I20 near Morton, MS, yesterday. Local residents Chris and Christy King, along with their youngest son, Jones, were involved in the accident as well. All are ok with only minor injuries according to Christy today via text message to The Tribune.
Here is their recount of the accident:
We topped a hill on I-20 and encountered stopped traffic from a previous wreck at the bottom of that hill. Chris made a split-second decision, and by everyone’s account, it was the correct one. He did his best to slam on brakes in order to slow the truck. It began to skid in the wet roads from the rain and didn’t stop in time. He steered it directly in between two stopped transport tractor trailers. We rear ended them both. The ditches on either side were not an option as they were steep and would have possibly aided the truck to roll multiple times.
In taking to the center, it ripped off and intruded the entire driver side of the truck. The driver side door wrapped around the back of the transport tractor trailer on the left. The right side roof collapsed on Christy. Jones was in a five-point harness car seat in the center back. He walked away with only car seat strap burns on his shoulders.
They did not have to cut us out. Where the driver’s side is missing is where the vehicle intrusion was. The driver door was stuck to the back of the tractor trailer.
We are so glad Jackson wasn’t with us because his seat is normally behind the driver. We don’t know where his door went.
We were all transported to ER via ambulance.
Chris and Christy went through lots of CT scans and x-rays from head to toe. Nobody has any internal bleeding or broken bones. Christy has seven staples in her forehead.
“Every one says we should not be here, much less with our minor injuries. God is good all the time and all the time God is good. We are careful to give him all the honor for what He did on that interstate yesterday.
Every night we pray with our boy, ‘God protect us from accident, illness, or injury. Keep us safe from evil.’ God showed us yesterday He has the power to show us Who He Is…He protected us in the accident and kept us from injury. He is God!
We know that just like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abenego in the fiery furnace, we had a fourth passenger in our vehicle. Without His proetection, we don’t walk away, of that we are full well aware!”
Christy also told us of an angel of a man who was the first on scene and helped them.
“He was a gaming commission officer who was right there. He was in a blue pickup truck. He responded with amazing professionalism and ease, got us out of the truck and did everything a first responder should do with such a calm demeanor. I was at ease because he was there. I don’t know his name, but he deserves recognition. His training was apparent, and he was a hero yesterday. He certainly deserves recognition from the MS Gaming Commission, and we would love to know who he was so we can thank him personally.
Everyone at Anderson ER was amazing too. We had nurses and x-ray/ct folks from Clarke County on duty that knew us and that we knew. It was family taking care of family. Wrecks are always bad, but as this one goes we had the best of the best taking care of us. Oh, and Jones loves the ER because they gave him cookies and snacks.”
The community is so thankful that our 4H Agent Christy and her family are safe after such a horrendous accident.