Wreck backs up westbound traffic on I-20
Published 1:09 pm Sunday, May 22, 2016
A Texas man escaped serious injury Sunday morning when his 18-wheeler carrying bales of cotton overturned in the westbound lane of Interstate 20 near the Indiana Avenue exit.
Vicksburg police officer Russell Darsey said Joel Rivera, 29, of Mercedes, Texas, a driver for FMC Transport, was treated at Merit Health River Region Medical Center for injuries he received in the 8:45 a.m. wreck. He said Rivera was later released.
He said Rivera told him he was traveling westbound on I-20 when the load’s weight in the trailer shifted, causing him to veer right, strike the guardrail and overturn.
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The wreck backed up westbound traffic on I-20 past the U.S. 61 North exit, and police blocked off the Indiana Avenue bridge over the highway and rerouted vehicles around the wreck using the westbound Indiana Avenue exit.