The woman who crashed her SUV through a concrete guard on the Mississippi 603 bridge over Bayou LaCroix likely lost control of her car before it took a nose dive into the bayou, a Hancock sheriff’s official said.
Hancock County Chief Deputy Don Bass said a preliminary investigation indicates the woman was heading north on 603 about 7:30 a.m. when the Nissan Pathfinder SUV plunged front-end first into the bayou.
The woman was rescued before her SUV had fully submerged in the bayou. She was alone in the car when it crashed.
Hancock sheriff’s Sgt. Corky Holden said Lyle Smith Jr. saw the crash in his rear-view mirror and stopped to help.
Holden said Smith jumped into the water and helped the woman get to safety.
Holden, a deputy who has worked in law enforcement in Hancock County for “years and years and years,” said he called Smith to thank him Saturday.
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