Jackson, Miss. – Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour was hospitalized on Wednesday after she vandalized her SUV to avoid a dog on a rural road, law enforcement officials said.
The wreckage of 75-year-old Barbour was near Wolf Lake outside Yazoo City, about 50 miles northwest of Jackson. Barbour lives in Yazoo City.
Yazoo County Sheriff Jake Sheriff told The Associated Press that Barber was taken to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson after the wreck, which occurred at approximately 5:30 p.m. “With injuries that were not life threatening.
Barbour is a Republican and served two terms as governor from January 2004 to January 2012. His first term was shaped by Hurricane Katrina, which destroyed large areas of the Mississippi Gulf Coast in 2005.
Barbour helped secure billions of dollars from the federal government for Katrina’s recovery and was criticized for directing $570 million to a port expansion project instead of low-income housing.
“The restoration program is critical to recapture a large portion of the region’s job base and to meet the national need for greater port capacity,” Barbour said in a May 2009 statement to the US Senate committee.
Barbour was White House political director for President Ronald Reagan in the 1980s and chairman of the Republican National Committee from 1993 to 1997. Barber was a high-profile Washington lobbyist before becoming governor and returned to lobbying after leaving office.
The sheriff said Barbour told emergency responders that a dog ran in front of him and was swept away and hit a culvert. The BMW SUV ended up on its side. The sheriff said Barbour was wearing a seat belt and the airbag was deployed.
The sheriff said officers could not find a dog near the crash site.
The sheriff said Barbour had a cut on one side of his head and told emergency responders that he had hurt his hip and left shoulder.