Diesel tanker catches fire on Hwy 49 south of Magee

Traffic delayed on Hwy 49 after diesel tanker catches fire south of Magee

SIMPSON COUNTY, Miss. (WDAM) - Traffic was disrupted and Saturday afternoon after a tanker truck carrying diesel fuel caught fire on U.S. Highway 49 near the Covington County/Simpson County line.

Covington County Emergency Management Director Greg Sanford said a fully-loaded diesel fuel tanker rolled over into the median about 150 yard into Simpson County. According to the the Mississippi Department of Transportation, northbound and southbound lanes of the highway were affected near East New Hope Road.

Sanford said one person was transported to Forrest General Hospital.

According to Sanford, emergency personnel are allowed the fuel to burn out.

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