A rupture in an oil pipeline shut down both southbound lanes of Highway 49 just south of Hattiesburg for most of the day Sunday.
Hattiesburg police say a man was using a road grater when he hit an oil pipeline around 9:30 a.m. Sunday. Both southbound lanes were closed until around 4 p.m. when one lane was re-opened.
Officials say that between 5,000 and 10,000 gallons of oil were spilled. The cleanup could take up to a week.