MOSS POINT, Miss. (WLOX) - A Monday afternoon accident, and several crashes that followed, are causing some significant delays for drivers on westbound I-10 between the two Moss Point exits. The Mississippi Highway Patrol is urging everyone to avoid the area until 7pm.
The first accident happened on westbound I-10 between Highway 613 and Highway 63. Officials say an 18-wheeler was rear-ended, which caused a chain reaction wreck involving six vehicles. The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality was called in after first responders realized the big rig was leaking diesel.
After traffic began to back up from that incident, multiple other crashes occurred in the westbound lanes of I-10 between mile marker 68 and 70. About 20 vehicles total were involved. One accident involved a boat that came off its trailer and had to be removed from the road.
Luckily, no one was killed, but at least three people were injured and taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Traffic was backed up past mile marker 70 and westbound drivers are encouraged to exit at the Forts Lake/ Franklin Creek exit.