George County teen injured in Highway 26 road collapse returns home

A George County teen injured in the Highway 26 road collapse is out of the hospital after five months of treatment.

The City of Lucedale welcomed Layla Jamison with a homecoming celebration at city hall, proclaiming today as Layla Day.

City and county officials rolled out the pink carpet as law enforcement and firefighters escorted Layla Jamison and her family to City Hall Thursday.

Layla was showered in salutations, gifts and rose petals during her welcome.

In August last year, Hurricane Ida dropped more than 14 inches of rain in George County, where a washout had formed on Highway 26. One by one, seven cars plunged into hole, and Layla was in one of them.

Still wheelchair bound, Layla still has months of physical therapy ahead of her.

She had this to say to all of her supporters and friends: “It’s extremely overwhelming and I’m extremely grateful. I’ve never felt so blessed in my life. Thank you. Thank you guys for supporting me through this – the whole way. It’s meant the most to me, and I’m really appreciative.”

City and business officials rallied to show support in various ways – even paying for her physical therapy and giving her the key to the city.

George County Superintendent Wade Whitney led the welcoming ceremony. “The journey that she has come through to return home, all the pain and all the rehab to get to this point – now, of course, she has a lot of rehab left – but the fact that she’s come home, what an inspiration to so many people.”

Layla was also given a lifetime pass to all George County sporting events and a MacBook to have for college. She says the first thing she and her family are doing is eating at one of the local Mexican restaurants.

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