Earlier this week, Mississippi author Greg Iles collided with a pickup truck while driving in Natchez. According to news reports, the vehicle Iles was operating struck a pickup traveling in the northbound lane of U.S. 61 South near Kingston Road at approximately 7:00 in the evening. Both drivers suffered serious injuries in the accident.
The truck driver, a 19-year-old woman, was transported by ambulance to UMC. She was treated for two fractures in her ankle, a fracture in knee cap, a punctured and collapsed lung, two bruised ribs and burns on her chest from her seat belt.
Iles was airlifted to University of Mississippi Medical Center, where he was treated for injuries to his lower leg. A friend of his mentioned that Iles sustained other minor injuries in the accident, but his only severe injuries were to his leg. On Tuesday, the best-selling author was listed in serious condition. Reports indicate he underwent a procedure on his aorta, was treated for a broken femur and had surgery on his lower leg area.
The Adams County Sheriff's Office initially responded to the accident. However, the Mississippi Highway patrol later took over the investigation. While the accident is still under investigation, it seems as though Iles' vehicle somehow entered the northbound traffic lane when his car collided with the northbound Ford truck. Authorities say both drivers were wearing seat belts.
Anytime an inattentive driver causes an accident, that person may be held accountable for his or her negligence. Compensation for injuries may include medical expenses, lost wages from work, property damage, and pain and suffering.
Source: natchezdemocrat.com, "Iles, Moore being treated at UMC after accident," Emily Lane, 9 March 2011