Crews work to cleanup spill after 18-wheeler carrying fuel overturned on I-20

WARREN COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) – An 18-wheeler overturned on I-20 in Warren County Monday night and still was causing problems for drivers Tuesday morning.

It happened in between the Flowers/Ceres Boulevard exit 15 and the Flora/Edwards exit 19.

WJTV was told its standard procedure for clean-up to take a lengthy amount of time

MDEQ says when diesel fuel spells into the road it can take up to 24 hours to clean things up.

Clean up for this specific trash could stretch into tomorrow, Wednesday, January 13.

“A hour and a half,” Brenda Matthews, a driver, said.

“About two hours,” Herbert Terry a driver, said.

A traffic nightmare for drivers late last night continued into the afternoon.

The crash caused both lanes of i-20 shutdown, leaving drivers at a standstill for hours.

“It’s always an inconvenience. There are no bathrooms out here,” Terry said.

“It’s crazy to be in traffic this long and that it hasn’t been cleared yet,” Matthews said.

That tanker was hauling 8, 000 pounds of diesel fuel. The crash was so serious that the driver of that truck had to be rushed to University of Mississippi Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

Mississippi Highway Patrol was brought out to reroute traffic. Also. the emergency management team and fire rescue were called out to start cleaning the diesel fuel from the busy roadway during that time.

“They’re just trying to clean up I guess. Just stay home until it’s done,” Terry said.

The driver of that 18-wheeler continues to recover tonight.

We’re told he’s currently in ICU at UMMC listed in stable condition.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.


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