US Hwy 45 closed due to traffic accident

US Hwy 45 closed due to traffic accident

BUCKATUNA, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from Wayne County Emergency Management Agency 

Authorities continue to address a two-truck collision that occurred around 6 p.m., tonight about two minutes South of Buckatunna on U.S. Highway 45 in Wayne County.

Wayne County Emergency Management Agency Director Angela Atchison confirmed there were two injuries in the mishap, and both individuals -- whose identities have not been released -- were transported to Wayne General Hospital in Waynesboro for treatment of their unspecified injuries.

Atchison said the incident involved a collision between a poultry live-haul truck and an 18-wheeler carrying butane. It was not immediately clear if the weather contributed to the incident as severe thunderstorms and heavy rains were moving through at the time.

Among the first responders on scene at this hour are: Wayne County Emergency Management; Wayne County Volunteer Fire Department; Waynesboro Fire Department; Wayne County Sheriff's Department; Mississippi Highway Patrol; and Mississippi Department of Transportation.

Southbound traffic on U.S. 45 has been diverted into one northbound lane -- allowing two-way traffic to move once again. The southbound lanes will continue to remain closed for the next few hours. Motorists are encouraged to stay clear of the incident scene.

At least one of the large trucks has been removed from the roadway, and authorities are attempting to remove the other 18 wheeler at this time.

A cause for the accident is under investigation.