Multiple crashes involving semi trucks have occurred around Jackson this week. On Wednesday, an incident involving three semi trucks and a pickup truck happened on I-55 in Lincoln County. Surprisingly, nobody was taken to the hospital. On Thursday, a big rig hauling hazardous materials caught fire on I-20 in Warren County. At least two people were seriously injured in that crash.
Lincoln County Multiple 18-Wheeller Crash
According to WJTV News Channel 12, a crash involving a pickup truck and three 18-wheelers had traffic backed up on I-55, near exit 42 on Wednesday night. Apparently, a pickup truck was headed north in the left lane when for currently unknown reasons, the driver cut in front of a semi truck. The big rig driver had to slam on the breaks, and subsequently jack knifed and flipped over.
Two other semi trucks following behind the first one were also damaged in the crash. Very few details have been released, but it's quite likely that they were not able to navigate around the wreckage or stop in time. Perishable items, including watermelons were spilled all over the roadway, and crews were cleaning for hours. Thankfully, no injuries were immediately reported.
Big-Rig Hauling Hazardous Materials Catches Fire
A wreck in Warren County left one 18-wheeler in flames on the side of I-20. According to WJTV News Channel 12, a moving truck with mechanical problems was parked on the side of the roadway. The driver even put out caution triangles to warn other vehicles of the broken down truck. Then, an 18-wheeler slammed into the parked truck.
One of the trucks was carrying air conditioning equipment, including hazardous materials. Apparently, the freon caught fire. Three people were taken to the hospital. Two of them were seriously injured. At this time, it's unclear why the 18-wheeler hit the other truck. Portions of the roadway were closed for hours.
After a Wreck Involving an 18-Wheeler
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