I-10 closed for nine hours after 18-wheeler crashes into Pearl River bridge guardrail

Traffic is moving once again on I-10 in Hancock County.

The interstate was closed overnight and into the morning as crews cleaned up an accident on the Pearl River Bridge at the Mississippi state line.

Bay St. Louis resident Altuan McDonald said, “I was about to run out of gas. I had five miles left on the dash. I was sitting there for about 30 minutes.”

Both the east and west bound lanes were closed to traffic, causing major delays. The closure was caused by a semi-truck car hauler carrying seven BMWs colliding into the concrete bridge railing Monday night around 11. The roadway reopened Tuesday morning around 8, detouring traffic for nine hours. “I’m just glad I made it to the gas station. It’s getting packed now, but as long as everybody is safe.”

MHP Trooper Cal Robertson said, “No one was injured in this wreck which is really miraculous.”

As for the fate of the seven brand new BMWs the semi-truck was hauling? When MHP arrived on scene, they saw the cars had burst into flames with the truck. “It’s a pretty large-scale crash. We don’t see I-10 shut down for nine hours very often. They had to take each individual car off that trailer and haul it off the scene and come back and get more.”

Once the debris was cleared, MDOT and MDEQ were on scene and deemed the bridge safe and clean from any hazardous materials. “There were multiple agencies on scene. It’s a group effort to get this thing moving in the right direction.”

MDOT crews will be working to install temporary guardrails. Drivers should expect some closures.

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