JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - One person is dead following a one vehicle accident on I-10 Monday around 2:30 p.m., according to Mississippi Highway Patrol Troop K spokesperson Johnny Poulos.
The driver was in an SUV pulling a trailer on the eastbound lane of I-10 near the 56 mile marker just west of the Gautier city limits, Poulos said.
After losing control of the SUV, the victim ran off the left side of the roadway and over corrected a turn. That's when the SUV came back across both lanes of the interstate and collided with the guard rail causing the SUV to rollover, Poulos said.
Poulos said, the driver was the only person in the vehicle and was pronounced dead on the scene. The victim's identification won't be released until family members are notified.
No other vehicles were involved in the accident and no other injuries were reported.
Poulos said traffic was backed up for about eight to 10 miles on I-10 and is clearing up.
Due to an increased amount of drivers taking to the median to escape traffic, Poulos reminds drivers, crossing the median is illegal and hazardous.
"You would not believe how many vehicles we had turning at the median. Keep in mind that when we have a person that gets stuck in the median, you pull law enforcement from the wreck to get the person out of the median," Poulos said.
Poulos said at least two vehicles got stuck in the median after the wreck. Authorities stopped a total of 25 people, who were reportedly attempting to cross the median.