Fast-acting University officers help save two in car crash

By NEMS Daily Journal

OXFORD – Two survived a fiery crash Saturday thanks to fast-acting University police officers.
While at a traffic stop on the University of Mississippi campus around midnight, University Officer Matt Defore heard a loud crash near Old Taylor Road and responded.
Defore said he found a car crashed into the tree line along Highway 6 and there were people hurt inside the vehicle. He called in the two injured people and other police backup.
Defore said flames began forming around the hood of the vehicle and he called for another officer to bring a fire extinguisher.
Four other UPD officers responded and assisted in prying open the driver’s side door so emergency medical responders could access the victims when they arrived.
Oxford firefighters used hydraulic tools to extricate the passengers once they arrived. Oxford police took over the wreck investigation and EMS from Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi transported the patients to the emergency room.