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Fatal crash on Hwy. 49 South blocked traffic near Rawls Springs Road

All southbound lanes of traffic on U.S. Highway 49 were backed up from around Old Rawls Spring...
All southbound lanes of traffic on U.S. Highway 49 were backed up from around Old Rawls Spring Road to around Short Road.(MDOT traffic camera)
Published: Nov. 23, 2021 at 9:28 AM CST
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FORREST COUNTY, Miss. (WDAM) - The Mississippi Department of Transportation has cleared the area, but the roadways may still be congested at this time.

MDOT cleared the traffic alert at 10:04 a.m.

Traffic on U.S. Highway 49 South was backed up before Rawls Springs Road due to a fatal crash.

On Tuesday around 7 a.m., emergency personnel responded to a vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 49.

When crews arrived on the scene, it was learned that an SUV struck the back of an 18-wheeler in one of the southbound lanes.

The driver of the SUV was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Forrest County Deputy Corner Lisa Klem. The driver was the only person in the SUV.

The Identify of the victim is pending notification of next of kin.

MDOT said all southbound lanes of traffic on U.S. Highway 49 were backed up from around Old Rawls Spring Road to around Short Road. MDOT expected traffic to clear around 11 a.m.

Law enforcement was on the scene directing traffic. The northbound left lane was also blocked, according to MDOT.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

This story will be updated when more information is provided.

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