Wednesday, July 22, 2009

I-20 lanes open after fiery crash.... SUV Broke Away From Towing Vehicle

NOTE: Why did the SUV break away from the Towing Vehicle?

Was the SUV properly secured by the hitch? Or did lack of education and training
or a complete failure of the hitch cause the accident?

I-20 lanes open after fiery crash

By Heather Civil • • July 13, 2009

All lanes of I-20 near Pearson Road in Pearl are open after almost 14 hours.

Traffic was backed up this morning past Airport Road traveling west as debris from a fiery collision between a tractor-trailer and an SUV was cleared.

The 18-wheeler burst into flames after being hit by the SUV after it broke loose from the vehicle that was towing it. Both the unoccupied SUV and the semi were in the eastbound lanes.

The accident happened around 9:30 pm. Sunday.

No one was injured. The semi driver Roy Marquardt of South Dakota.

The semi, carrying a load of sprinklers, burst into flames after the SUV hit it.

Both lanes of the highway were closed after the crash, causing a serious traffic backup that lasted into this morning.

To comment on this story, call Heather Civil at (601) 961-7067.

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