JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - There was certainly a mess on the interstate in Jackson County Thursday morning. Multiple accidents caused big delays on I-10 in Gautier.
Everyone knows how dangerous the interstate can be. Tons of metal, plastic, and rubber are moving at extremely fast speeds, all being controlled by people who can become distracted, make mistakes, or simply fall victim to circumstance.
A series of morning accidents brought traffic on I-10 to a standstill multiple times Thursday morning. One involved a tractor trailer loaded down with lumber. The driver said the accident was the result of him trying to avoid an object ahead of his truck.
"It was some type of debris or something in the road. I don't know what it was. I swerved to try to miss it and loss control of it. The lumber shifted," said truck driver Hubert Rhodes.
His trailer had to be turned back over on its wheels by wrecking crews, but Hubert Rhodes walked away from the accident without injuries.
"Thank God I'm alive," said Rhodes.
Accidents are fairly frequent on the interstate. Experts from the Mississippi Highway Patrol say there may not always be a way to avoid wrecks, but there are safe practices to put in place.
For instance, if an object is ahead of you, the Highway Patrol says it's usually better to stay in your lane if at all possible than trying to swerve to avoid it.
The Highway Patrol also advises staying at least a car length and a half behind an 18 wheeler per 10 miles an hour of travel speed, even if that means a wide enough gap for someone to get in front of you.
Lastly, the department wants to remind drivers that it's always important to be aware of your surroundings at all times.
Another early morning wreck close to the overturned lumber truck sent three people to the hospital with minor injuries. All lanes in that area are now open to traffic.