Emergency workers prepare to transport a Harrison County man who was badly injured in a crash at the Dedeaux community. The man's Jeep Liberty collided head-on with a tractor which had a front-end loader attachment. A woman in the vehicle was also injured. The tractor driver suffered only minor injuries and refused to leave the scene for medical treatment before assisting officials.

A Harrison County couple was seriously injured Monday evening when their SUV collided head-on with a tractor in the Dedeaux community in north Hancock County.

Hancock County Sheriff Ricky Adam said the accident occurred at around 5:45 p.m. on Fenton Dedeaux Rd. in the Kiln.

Details were limited Monday evening, but Adam said a Harrison County man and his girlfriend apparently had gotten into a verbal argument just seconds before the accident.

Witnesses say as the couple's older model beige Jeep Liberty came speeding around the curve and collided with a large tractor with a front-end loader attached, which had just turned on to Fenton Dedeaux Rd. from James Ladner Rd.

Emergency crews had to use the jaws of life to free the man from the tangled up SUV. He was then airlifted to a nearby hospital and is believed to be in critical condition.

American Medical Response transported the woman to an area hospital for non-life threatening treatment.

The Hancock County man who was driving the tractor suffered only minor injuries. He stayed at the scene assisting officials before seeking medical treatment for himself.

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