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Big Rig Weekend Woes: Main Highways Shut Down Due to Transport Truck Wrecks

Photo: M.K. Davis

VICKSBURG, Miss.–A gigantic load of candy on its way to Georgia took a huge spill after the transport truck the candy bars were in ended up overturned on Interstate 20 Sunday. The same day another wreck involving an 18-wheeler had Hwy. 49 south of Yazoo City shut down for hours while crews cleaned up the wreck and the highway.

The first wreck was about 7:30 Sunday morning. The driver of the semi told police he tried to avoid hitting another vehicle and ended up turned over. Traffic was backed up for hours as an slew of people were called in to help load candy bars onto another truck.

The second wreck had at least one person seriously hurt when an 18-wheeler slammed into a gold Chevy HHR Sunday afternoon on Hwy. 49, just south of Little Yazoo.

The transport truck was northbound, but ended up crossing the median, stopping after crossing traffic in the southbound lanes.

The truck took a generous helping on dirt from the median with it, covering the highway thoroughly.

At least one person in the HHR was taken to a Jackson hospital.

In both wrecks, the smaller vehicles may have been to blame for the wrecks, though exactly how they happened were still being investigated.

The Miss. Highway Patrol has been warning anyone who might drive aggressively around 18-wheelers that it is illegal and they have mounted an undercover campaign to ticket individuals who might engage in that kind of driving.

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