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Two separate accidents on Interstate 10 tie up traffic for miles

The first 18-wheeler accident Sunday on Interstate 10 happened about 6:30 a.m. The first 18-wheeler accident Sunday on Interstate 10 happened about 6:30 a.m.
A tanker truck with hazardous chemicals crashed about 1:20 p.m. Sunday. There was no leak from the tank. A tanker truck with hazardous chemicals crashed about 1:20 p.m. Sunday. There was no leak from the tank.
HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

It was a nightmare scenario this weekend when heavy, holiday weekend traffic was shut down by two separate accidents on I-10. Not one, but two trucks just hours apart, and just yards from each other westbound on Interstate 10. The traffic was backed up for miles. 

Billy Mitchell of Dallas, Texas, had been in traffic for nearly five hours.

"We’re lucky we had the gas we had," he said. "Some people behind us are not as fortunate."

Byron Scarborough of Texas was one of them. He was on his way home from Miami, but he could get no farther than the Mississippi Welcome Center.

"We’ve been stuck in the accident since about 1:15 this afternoon," he said. "And now we’re out of gas, so we’re stuck here at the rest center. Actually, I coasted in here on fumes, so I don’t even know where the closest gas station is."

The first accident happened just before 7 a.m. The driver of the FedEx truck, 55-year-old Dwight Miska, flipped into the median and was transported to North Shore hospital in Slidell in critical condition. 

The second happened about 1:20 less than a mile west of that site. The tanker truck carried a hazardous chemical, but it did not leak. The driver, 35-year-old Claude Seth McDonald, had minor injuries but did not go to the hospital. A tanker truck later came to the scene to unload the chemical before a wrecker could remove the truck.

"It’s a perfect storm for things," said Cpt. Benjamin Seibert of the Mississippi Highway Patrol. "The wreck first happened at 6:30, so traffic’s been backed up since then. We got the wreck scene cleared, but before we could do that for the first wreck, we had this second wreck."

"I’ve naturally worked a lot of wrecks and had a lot of lane closures and lanes back up," Seibert added. "It’s happened. Never during a holiday. Never had it happen during a holiday where we’ve been backed up this long."

The cause of both accidents is still under investigation.

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