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The picture of a George County dog set on fire is disturbing. Authorities say the circumstances surrounding how fire consumed the dog are shocking. According to George County Sheriff Dean Howell, 20-year-oldMore >>
The picture of a George County dog set on fire is disturbing. Authorities say the circumstances surrounding how fire consumed the dog are shocking. According to George County Sheriff Dean Howell, 20-year-old Brandon Pierce allegedly set his dog on fire Tuesday night. The suspect told deputies he torched the dog because he "wanted to help the dog go to heaven."More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:15 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:15:57 GMT
Part of the coast is being invaded this week by termites. Millions swarmed across Harrison County Wednesday night. Several WLOX viewers called our newsroom to tell us about it. One person called whileMore >>
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Thursday, May 23 2013 9:25 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:25:10 GMT
The search is on in north Picayune for two fugitive brothers wanted out of Tennessee. Jessy and Jeffrey Marchbanks were last seen leaving a mobile home on Pea Ridge Road in Picayune.More >>
Two fugitive brothers wanted out of Tennessee were captured around 6:30 Thursday morning according to Pearl River Sheriff's Department. According to Pearl River County Sheriff David Allison, Jessy and Jeffrey Marchbanks were caught at the corner of Ozona Richardson Road and Richardson Road just after sunrise. That's the same general area authorities had searched Wednesday and early Thursday morning.More >>
Monday, May 13 2013 12:24 PM EDT2013-05-13 16:24:04 GMT
MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come. According to Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall, the drug raid is the result of severalMore >>
A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:19 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:19:04 GMT
Don't panic. It's normal. That's what pest control specialists are saying about the swarms of termites spotted across south Mississippi. After receiving calls and posts from many of our WLOX viewers concernedMore >>
Don't panic. It's normal. That's what pest control specialists are saying about the swarms of termites spotted across south Mississippi.More >>
MADISON COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -
The driver of an 18-wheeler miraculously survived a wreck which could have turned deadly after the crash ended up in a fiery explosion. It happened on Interstate 55 just south of the Gluckstadt exit very early Wednesday morning.
The highway explosion lit up I-55 northbound in Madison County around one Wednesday morning. A burnt up 8,000 gallon fuel tanker, which was fully loaded with gasoline exploded after overturning.
"I guess the Blessing of it is we're on an interstate, a wide open area, it wasn't a residential neighborhood or in a service station when it happened," said Butch Hammack, Madison County's Emergency Management Director.
Hammack said the tanker carrying all of the oil split from the cabin of the truck, carrying the driver. Hammack said the cabin and the driver landed in a median on the other side of the highway, away from the gasoline filled tanker. Emergency officials said if it weren't for the median, the driver could have ended up in southbound traffic, causing an even greater wreck.
"You're basically riding in a bomb when you're toting gasoline like that and it's very fortunate he didn't lose his life," said Hammack.
The Mississippi Highway Patrol led the investigation after the wreck.
"It appears the driver overturned his vehicle, ran off the road to the left there, possibly fell asleep," said MHP Master Sergeant Calvin Ousby.
After the accident fire and emergency crews from all over Madison County helped fight the blaze which took several hours to put out. Both lanes of northbound traffic were shut down for several hours while wreckers and a U.S. Environmental Services crew pulled pieces of the burnt tanker from the side of the highway and soaked up the gasoline spill. Ironically, the early morning rain worked to the advantage of crews cleaning up the mess.
"The rain will help us a lot, it usually makes the fuel come to the top of the surface where we can absorb a lot easier," said Hammack.
Environmental crews will check the wreck scene out within the next few days to test the quality of the soil where the tanker landed. The driver of the truck was taken to UMC with minor injuries. No other vehicles were involved in the accident. Traffic is back open to northbound traffic.
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