Truck consumed in fire, driver escapes

Published 3:44 pm Friday, September 13, 2019

A Terry man is fortunate to have escaped injury Friday after the truck he was driving suffered a major malfunction and was consumed in flames.

The driver, who asked not to be named, said the “turbo in his truck went out” and that white smoke began to billow from the engine as he traveled south on U.S. 61 North.

He was able to safely pull the truck onto the shoulder across from Merit Health River Region hospital and escape without injury.

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The Culkin Fire Department responded around 3:15 p.m. and was able to extinguish the blaze. Traffic along the busy thoroughfare was slowed during the incident, with southbound traffic being diverted onto Sherman Avenue.

About Tim Reeves

Tim Reeves, and his wife Stephanie, are the parents of three children, Sarah Cameron, Clayton and Fin, who all attend school in the Vicksburg Warren School District. The family are members of First Baptist Church Vicksburg. Tim is involved in a number of civic and volunteer organizations including the United Way of West Central Mississippi and serves on the City of Vicksburg's Riverfront Redevelopment Committee.

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