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Rain, heavy traffic made post Fourth of July travel sluggish

Constant rain along I-10 in Jackson County caused several accidents, which slowed down commuters even more. (Photo source: WLOX) Constant rain along I-10 in Jackson County caused several accidents, which slowed down commuters even more. (Photo source: WLOX)
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The commute out of and in to Mississippi after the Fourth of July holiday was messy. Thunderstorms Sunday on already congested roadways made things even more dangerous. Traffic on Interstate 10 in Jackson County was as sluggish as the weather.

The constant rain also caused several accidents along the corridor, which slowed down commuters even more. But a sudden thunderstorm forced many travelers to duck for safety at the rest area near Pascagoula.

John Collier was headed home to Andalusia, Alabama when the storm hit.

“We’re going to wait it while we’re here,” he said. “It’s a little bit dryer here. I’d rather be here than on that bridge with all this thunder and lightning going on.”

The travel through South Mississippi was much longer than anticipated for Joel Lightner of Mobile.

“We were thinking - hoping anyway - that the people coming back from the beach would get it worse but it looks like we got stuck in the mix just like everybody else. … My wife actually said she cannot remember traffic like this ever in the past. We’re big time interstate travelers so we get on the roads quite a bit and this is a bad time.”

The Mississippi Highway Patrol was hoping to have a better report than last year’s Fourth of July when it recorded seven fatalities.

As of Sunday, more than 250 citations, and more than a dozen DUI's and accidents have been reported including the fatal wreck in George County involving a 26-year-old Amanda Ramshur of Biloxi.

Troopers said she was heading northbound on Mississippi 57, when her SUV ran off the road, hit an embankment, and went into Black Creek.
Ramshur was pronounced dead at the scene.
No other vehicles were involved.

A survey by TripAdvisor shows that this day is one of the busiest travel days of the year, but a significant number decided to take extra time off to avoid problems. Among those was Mandy Randall of Carrollton, Mississippi, who brought her children to fish in the Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo in Gulfport.

We do stay after it’s over,” she said. “We’ll stay to the end today. We’ll stay an extra day or two to enjoy the Coast, and then we’ll leave so to avoid the traffic with everybody leaving. We want to stay here and have fun.”

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