Accident closes Evelyn Gandy exit ramps, delays traffic

PETAL, MS (WDAM) - Portions of the Evelyn Gandy Parkway and the south bound lane of Highway 59 were closed on Monday  September 15, due to an 18-wheeler accident.

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.

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