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Deadly I-10 collision happened as traffic slowed for earlier crash

Aftermath of deadly Jackson County crash (Photo source: WLOX) Aftermath of deadly Jackson County crash (Photo source: WLOX)
Rollover crash that happened about an hour before deadly collision (Photo source: Catherine Bogan) Rollover crash that happened about an hour before deadly collision (Photo source: Catherine Bogan)
JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

We are learning more about the cause of the deadly crash on I-10 in Gautier that killed four people Wednesday.

The crash that claimed the lives of four people from Mobile, Ala. was actually the second of three wrecks on the interstate inside the Gautier city limits that morning.

According to the Mississippi Highway Patrol and Gautier Police, two cars collided near the 58 mile marker just east of Hwy. 57 around 8:30 a.m., blocking at least one lane of the interstate and causing traffic to slow down. 

Gautier Police and the Mississippi Highway Patrol say a woman called authorities to report she was following someone who drove off in her car. According to the police report, a witness told police the car the woman was following cut across the median heading the other direction. That’s when the witness said the woman cut in front of another vehicle.

The impact sent the her car flipping over, landing in the median.

The Highway Patrol said its dispatcher was advising the woman troopers were on the way and to stop following the other car when the crash occurred.  

Victims identified in deadly I-10 crash

Nearly 50 minutes later, about five miles away from the first wreck, the deadly crash unfolded. MHP said an 18-wheeler came to a stop due to the slowed traffic ahead. As a Toyota pickup truck and Ford Explorer slowed, troopers say a second 18-wheeler slammed into the back of the Explorer, causing it to hit the Toyota, sending it off the road and into the woods.

Then, authorities say the second 18-wheeler pushed the Explorer into the tractor trailer that was stopped on the highway.

The third accident on the interstate happened near the Gautier-Vancleave Rd. exit and involved two emergency responders; an Acadian Ambulance vehicle and Jackson County's emergency manager.

The accidents remain under investigation, at this time no citations have been issued to any of the drivers. 

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