Heavy rains, slick highways combine for hazardous driving conditions

Published 5:08 pm Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Heavy rains combined with slick streets resulted in a series of wrecks inside the Vicksburg city limits with police responding to 11 wrecks between 6 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. according to information from the Vicksburg Police Department.

The first wreck occurred in the eastbound lane of I-20, followed by two more on I-20 about three minutes later at 6:27 a.m., also in the eastbound lane. In all, six wrecks occurred on I-20 in the city, the last coming at 10:59 a.m. when an eastbound 18-wheeler left the highway at the Indiana Avenue exit.

Other wrecks included a 6:59 a.m. collision in the 3800 block of Clay Street, a car leaving the road at Haining Road about 7:01 a.m., a collision in the 3200 block of U.S. 61 South, another at 9:48 a.m. at the intersection of John Allen and Wisconsin Avenue and a 1:06 p.m. two-car collision in the 3000 block of Indiana Avenue.

In the county Sheriff Martin Pace said deputies worked six wrecks between midnight and 2 p.m.

One of those wrecks deputies responded to involved an 18-wheeler and a small truck on I-20 westbound. The Mississippi Highway Patrol was in charge of investigating the accident.

The accident, which happened just before 11 a.m., took place at the 7-mile marker on I-20. The 18-wheeler was sent into the woods off the interstate, while the truck suffered significant damage.

There was no report from MHP on the accident or information on any injuries.

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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