Early morning traffic accident leaves one dead - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

Early morning traffic accident leaves one dead

A traffic accident early Wednesday morning has claimed the life of a Hattiesburg man.

The incident happened at around 5:30 a.m. on Highway 49 North near Rawls Springs Road.  The driver of an 18-wheeler from the Merchants Company was going south on 49 when it apparently crashed into the back of another 18-wheeler.

The driver of the Merchants truck, 36-year-old Dwayne John, was killed in the collision.  John's body was taken to Jackson for an autopsy. 

Traffic in the southbound lane was backed up for more than five hours while the scene was cleared. The cause of the collision is under investigation.

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