Portion of Highway 29 in Jones Co. closed due to chemical spill

Portion of Highway 29 in Jones Co. closed due to chemical spill

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - An 18-wheeler carrying a hazardous chemical crashed and overturned on highway 29 in Jones County Saturday.

According to the Chief of Calhoun Volunteer Department Lee Garick, emergency crews responded to a crash reported at 11:38 a.m. between Flem Phillips Road and Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church outside of Ellisville.

Emergency crews say the truck was hauling a chemical called "phenol, molten," a liquid chemical used in making plastics, cosmetics and hair dye.

150-200 gallons of the product leaked out of the truck, but crews kept it from flowing into a nearby creek.

Officials also said two homes near the scene were evacuated.

No one was injured.

Mississippi Highway Patrol, Jones County Emergency Management and several volunteer fire departments are currently on the scene.

A hazmat team is also on the scene assisting containing the spill.

The driver of the truck was not injured in the accident.

Emergency crews say they expect the scene to be cleaned up by Sunday morning.

If you have any questions or concerns about the spill, please contact the Jones County Emergency Operations Center at (601)-428-3187.