Trooper, deputies pull four from flooded creek

By JB Clark/NEMS Daily Journal

ELLISTOWN – A New Albany woman and her three grandchildren were pulled from a creek in the area of Highway 9 and Highway 348 Wednesday afternoon.
Highway Patrol Trooper Jason Roe said Jennifer McKenzie, 47, of New Albany, was traveling east toward Tupelo when her car hydroplaned, leaving the roadway and crashing into a rain flowing creek.
A Union County Sheriff’s deputy was the first on the scene, followed by a Highway Patrol Trooper and a second deputy.
Roe said the accident happened around 2:20 p.m. and the people were immediately pulled from the creek and taken to Baptist Memorial Hospital Union County as a precautionary measure.
“All of the passengers were wearing seat belts and appear to be fine,” Roe said.
Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued by the National Weather Service on Wednesday afternoon for the region. NWS reported a few trees down along with numerous 3-4 inch diameter limbs down in the Tupelo area. Chances of thunderstorms are in the forecast today and Friday.
jb.clark@journalinc.com