US 49 north to I-20 westbound in Pearl blocked due to overturned 18-wheeler

Photo Credit: Pearl Police (Pearl, Mississippi)
Photo Credit: Pearl Police (Pearl, Mississippi)

UPDATE: 11/18/2016 5:15pm The U.S. 49 flyover about I-20 is still closed. Crews are still working to clear the scene in the area.

UPDATE: 11/18/2016 1:03pm The road is still closed as crews continue to clear the scene.

Photo Credit: Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOTtraffic.com)
Photo Credit: Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOTtraffic.com)

 

 

Photo Credit: Pearl Police (Pearl, Mississippi)
Photo Credit: Pearl Police (Pearl, Mississippi)

 

UPDATE: 11/18/2016 9:45am WJTV’s Natay Holmes says that crews are working to clear styrofoam pellets that were inside of the 18-wheeler that overturned on Highway 49 north near the I-20 split.

 

 

Photo Credit: Pearl Police (Pearl, Mississippi)
Photo Credit: Pearl Police (Pearl, Mississippi)

 

UPDATE: 11/18/2016 8:11am Estimated delays have been upgraded to two hours.

UPDATE: 11/18/2016 7:55am The road is expected to remain closed for 50 minutes or less, according to MDOT.

UPDATE: 11/18/2016 7:26am Traffic is still blocked in the area of the crash as cleanup crews continue to work.

UPDATE: 11/18/2016 5:34am MDOT is still estimating delays of up to three hours in the area.

UPDATE: 11/18/2016 5:27am Pearl Police Captain McGarity says an 18-wheeler travelling on US 49 north took the flyover and appears to have lost control of the truck.  the driver got out with what are believed to be minor injuries.  There was a passenger in the back inthe truck’s sleeper section.  The passenger was entrapped because of the way the truck landed after the crash.  The passenger had to be cut out of the vehicle but is expected to be ok.  Both have been hospitalized for evaluation.

The 49 north flyover is expected to remain closed because of diesel fuel that spilled onto the roadway.  Cargo that was on the truck is being picked up.

WJTV is on the scene and will provide more information as soon as it is available.

Original Story:

PEARL, Mississippi (WJTV) All northbound lanes of traffic on the US 49 ramp to I 20 westbound are blocked as emergency responders work to clear the scene of a crash this morning.

The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) says the traffic impact of this incident is “high,” and indicates that delays of up to three hours may be expected.

Drivers are advised to avoid the area if possible.

There is no word yet on whether there are any injuries.  Police and firefighters are on the scene.

 

 

 

 

 

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