The last week has been a bad one on Mississippi roadways, especially when it comes to accidents involving tractor-trailers. Last Wednesday saw two especially bad interstate crashes, one of them deadly, that occurred within less than 10 miles of each other. Between the two accident scenes, authorities say five 18-wheelers were involved along with a group of five passenger vehicles. Multiple people were injured and one person (and his dog) died.
The first accident occurred at mile-marker 75 on I-10. Police say that three 18-wheelers were involved and the crash began when one lost its load of lumber. Just as the police and other emergency responders were cleaning up the mess from the first accident, less than an hour later a second, deadly crash, occurred nearby. The second crash took place on Interstate 10 on an overpass above Mississippi 613 in Moss Point at mile-marker 68. Police say the accident involved seven vehicles, 2 tractor-trailers and five passenger vehicles.
The collision is thought to have started as traffic was backing up due to the first accident scene. Vehicles started hitting their brakes and the chain-reaction began when one of the tractor-trailers collided with the back of a passenger vehicle. The force of the accident created a domino effect, with the heavy 18-wheelers pushing multiple, much lighter, passenger vehicles into one another. Tragically, they also pushed a Ford F-150 pickup off an embankment.