An extended-cab pickup truck with five people inside plunged nose-first into a pond just south of Haddock on Saturday night, killing the driver. The four passengers, all adults, survived.
At least two of the passengers were still being treated at an area hospital Sunday afternoon, Jones County sheriffs Capt. Billy Mitchell said.
The body of the man driving the 1999 Chevy, Robert M. Greiner, 43, of Haddock, was pulled from the submerged truck early Sunday, Mitchell said. The pickup was hauled ashore after daybreak.
The crash, which happened about 11 p.m. Saturday, is still being investigated.
Mitchell said Greiner, who lived on Bowen Hill Road not far from the wreck site, and the passengers were riding on private property in some woods off Foldendore Road. The road snakes through farm and timberland four or five miles east of Gray.
It appears they headed down this path, Mitchell said, and its like they went straight off a 14-foot embankment into the pond.
One of the passengers scrambled to land, hiked a mile or so and called for help shortly before 11:30 p.m.
The truck was upside down in the water when authorities arrived.
All you could see were the tires sticking up, Mitchell said.
When rescuers got there, he said, the other three survivors were still in the water, perched atop the upside-down pickup.
It was just a blessing they got out, Mitchell said.