Portions of the Evelyn Gandy Parkway and the south bound
lane of Highway 59 were closed on Monday September 15, due to an
The call came in around 10:15 a.m. The truck was heading
east on the Gandy Parkway when it turned, heading down the off ramp, onto
Highway 59 and was carrying 8100 lbs of ethanol gas, half of which leaked out,
creating safety concerns for motorists.
Local authorities including police, deputies and fire
departments assisted the Mississippi Highway Patrol in rerouting traffic and in
the cleanup efforts.
Traffic was diverted from Highway 59 to U.S. Highway 11.
The northbound lane of Highway 59 remained open to traffic.
Cleanup crews that
specialized in hazardous materials were on site, offloading the ethanol from
the 18-wheeler before the truck can be removed.
Authorities said it may take
several hours before the highway will be reopened.