Man hurt in truck mishap

Published 6:00 pm Thursday, July 28, 2011

A Lincoln County man was airlifted fromKing’s Daughters Medical Center (KDMC) to University of MississippiMedical Center in Jackson after his truck fell on top of himWednesday morning.

    Authorities said Edwin Joseph Gras, 74, was working underneath histruck when the jack supporting the truck gave way and it fell ontohim. The accident occurred at his home on Mallalieu Drive nearRuth.

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    The extent of Gras’ injuries could not be released, but KDMCspokesman David Culpepper said early Wednesday afternoon that Graswas in stable condition at UMC.

    Lincoln County Sheriff Steve Rushing said when Gras’ wife, who wasat home, noticed the accident, she had a neighbor report it toauthorities.

    East Lincoln Volunteer Fire Department members were the first toarrive on the scene. Rushing said the firefighters were able tolift the truck off of Gras and get him out from underneath thevehicle.

    “It was kind of hectic,” Rushing said of the scene when authoritiesand an ambulance arrived. “It was hectic trying to get him into theambulance and over to the hospital due to the severity of theinjuries.”

    The ambulance arrived at KDMC about 11:13 a.m. Around 11:36 a.m., amedical helicopter landed at the hospital to transport Gras to UMC.On a stretcher, Gras was wheeled into the helicopter that then tookoff shortly after noon.