1 dead, 2 injured in fiery 18-wheeler accident

1 dead, 2 injured in fiery 18-wheeler accident

FORREST COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - One person is dead and two others were sent to a hospital after a fiery 18-wheeler crash on the interstate Wednesday morning.

The 18-wheeler caught fire on I-59 around 9:15 a.m. near the Evelyn Gandy Parkway exit.

The Forrest County Coroner was called to the scene and confirmed the fatality, according to Mississippi Highway Patrol Troop J Public Information officer Brent Barfield.

MHP said the 18-wheeler collided with another vehicle, sending both of them from the southbound lane into the woods.

Firefighters spent several hours putting out the fire.

One lane of the interstate around the accident site was closed for about ten hours while the scene was cleared, but Forrest County Emergency Management director Glen Moore said by 8 p.m. both lanes were open.