fatal wreck

Firefighters from Glade and Powers had to use hydraulic rescue tools to get Brent Dykes out of this crumpled Ford F-150. 

(Photo by Powers Fire & Rescue)

A Richton man has died a day after colliding with a loaded log truck on Highway 15 South, near Glade Elementary, officials with knowledge of the crash are reporting. 

Jonathan Brent Dykes, 43, was injured and trapped in his pickup after the crash, which was just after 6:45 a.m. Tuesday, according to a press release from Lance Chancellor of Powers Fire and Rescue. 

Dykes was transported by EMServ Ambulance to South Central Regional Medical Center and treated for scratches and a broken ankle, according to a Facebook post by his wife Ashton Hope Dykes. 

“Very blessed to be alive,” she wrote. “Thanks to all the responders … You all are a true blessing to us.” 

But on Wednesday, she confirmed that her husband had died, via social media. It was not known if he had any other medical conditions or if his death was related to the wreck.

Volunteer firefighters from Glade and Powers had to use hydraulic rescue tools to free Dykes from the crumpled 2001 Ford F-150 he was driving. The driver of the 2005 Freightliner, 53-year-old Joseph Kepley of Laurel, was able to drive his vehicle off the roadway and did not report any injuries. He was driving for Mark Pitts Trucking. 

The pickup was traveling north and crossed the center line, hitting a rear tire of the southbound 18-wheeler’s trailer, according to the Mississippi Highway Patrol report. Jones County Fire Coordinator Dan McKenna, the Jones County Sheriff's Office and Jones County Emergency Management Agency also responded. One lane of Highway 15 South was closed to traffic during rescue and vehicle recovery operations.

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