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Lampton in good condition after accident

U.S. Attorney Dunn Lampton continues to improve at a Flowoodhospital after being injured in an off-road mishap Wednesday,officials said Thursday.

Lampton, who suffered a contused spinal cord during the Jeepaccident on his Pike County propery, is listed in good condition atRiver Oaks Hospital in Flowood. He is under the care of Dr. LynnStringer, according to an official press release from the U.S.Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Mississippi.

Lampton is expected to make a full recovery.

Pike County Sheriff Mark Shepherd said the accident happened onShell Oil Road, a remote location in the north east part of PikeCounty near the Lincoln County line. The property is a farm ownedby Lampton.

When the accident occurred, Lampton’s teenage daughter Sidneywent for help, Shepherd said. The sheriff responded to the call, asdid first responders.

Shepherd, whose family is close friends with Lampton’s, knew thelayout of the property well and from Sidney’s description of wherethe accident happened, was able to direct rescue personnel directlyto Lampton. The wooded site was down a logging road that wasn’taccessible by regular vehicles, he said.

“I drove a tractor on the property down with a firefighter andfirst responder,” Shepherd said Thursday. “It was several hundredyards to the site.”

Lampton was conscious when Shepherd first arrived on thescene.

There won’t be an official accident report since it occurred onprivate property, Shepherd added. It was unclear whether Lamptonwas wearing a seatbelt.

Lampton’s daughter and her friend were in the vehicle along withLampton when the accident happened. Shepherd said he was unsure ifLampton fell out of the old Army type Jeep, or whether he wasthrown from the vehicle. Shepherd said he didn’t believe the Jeephad overturned and said was upright when he arrived at the scene.Lampton’s daughter and her friend were not injured.

Because of the remote location, a four-wheel drive truck had tobe used to carry Lampton from the woods.

“An off-duty McComb firefighter heard the call,” Shepherdexplained.

The firefighter arrived in a four-wheel drive truck and was ableto transport paramedics to and from the scene.

“After they had Mr. Lampton situated on a backboard, they loadedhim in the truck and drove him to the ambulance,” Shepherdsaid.

Lampton was then driven in the ambulance straight to River OaksHospital near Jackson where he continues to be cared for.

Lampton served for 20 years as district attorney in the 14thCircuit Court District before President George W. Bush appointedhim U.S. attorney in 2001.

He is a native of Osyka and has family members inBrookhaven.

According to his press release he will continue “to function asU.S. attorney, and conveys his sincere appreciation to all who havecalled to express their support during this time.”