18 wheeler accident shuts down I-10 near Alabama

By Patrice Clark - bio | email

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - One person is recovering from moderate injuries after a multi-car accident near the Alabama stateline Wednesday night. It happened about 6 p.m. in the eastbound lane near mile maker 75.

According the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol, a truck cut in front of an 18 wheeler causing the vehicles to collide.

"It is bad. It's one of the worse ones I have ever seen," said Officer Johnny Poulos with the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol.

The 18 wheeler carrying motor oil flipped over. Nearby, smoke shot out of a burned Ford truck, and cars were backed up for miles.

"Luckily, we didn't have a fatality, but anytime you have traffic tied up on the interstate, it is a severe accident. Luckily, [there were] no hazardous material where we had to do an evacuation."

Poulos said it all started when a man driving the Ford truck changed lanes.

"The 18 wheeler collided with the rear of the truck, causing the truck to run off the right side of the interstate into the trees. The 18 wheeler goes into the median and overturns."

Rickie Lynn Sherman and Doyle Oliver were inside the tanker and say it skid more than 100 feet before stopping. The two were pretty shaken up by the wreck.

"It was scary, that is the only way I can describe be it. I am nervous," Sherman said. "It happened so fast, you didn't have time to be scared until it was all over with. We had trouble trying to climb up out of it," Oliver said.

Both men had a few scratches, but told us they felt lucky to be alive.

Officer Poulos said the other driver wasn't seriously injured.

"We definitely stress safety. Be focused on driving. This is why we ask this, to prevent these things from happening."

The accident is still under investigation.

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