Tanker driver injured, section of Highway 603 closed in Hancock County after semi flips

HANCOCK COUNTY, Miss. (WXXV) – One person is injured, and crews are working to contain the scene of an accident in Hancock County.

A section of Highway 603 in Hancock County, about 15 miles north of Interstate 10, is closed after an 18-wheeler, traveling southbound, went off the roadway and flipped over, to avoid a collision.

It happened just after 7:30 am this morning on Highway 603 near Gardenia Road.
The driver has been airlifted to a South Mississippi hospital. No one else was injured in the accident, but a HAZMAT crew is on the scene, along with various law enforcement agencies and other crews, to contain a potentially dangerous situation at the scene of the accident.

“The truck is loaded with approximately 8,000 gallons of gasoline and deisel. The interior of the trailer is divided into sections. As we all know gas is very flammable,” said Corporal Calvin Robertson with the Mississippi Highway Patrol, who was among those at the scene of the accident.

As of noon, law enforcement continued to divert traffic from the scene until it is safe to travel again.

If you are heading south on Highway 603 in that area, you are asked to take Highway 53 to V Bar Road, on to Standard-Dedeaux Road, which will take you back to Highway 603.

If traveling north in this area, take Standard-Dedeaux Road to V Bar, then Highway 53, which will connect you back to Higway 603 north.

News 25’s Toni Miles was on the scene and will have a full report on the news at 5 and 5:30 pm.

MHP says it will likely be late Wednesday afternoon before the accident site is cleared and the road is reopened.

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