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Deadly wreck on I-20 underscores safety on Mississippi roads

An early-morning wreck on I-20 in Pearl tied up traffic for hours Wednesday.

According to MDOT, the wreck happened on a stretch of interstate near Airport Road that was undergoing two overlay updates.

The projects are contracted by MDOT, but the wreck happened between two contractor vehicles.

An 18-wheeler, carrying asphalt for APAC paving contractors, collided with a pavement marker vehicle operated by AKCA, a Florida road marker contractor. No MDOT employees were involved or injured.

According to the Pearl Police Department, the wreck happened around 3 o’clock; the cleanup taking over 6 hours to complete.

Pearl Police are also confirming one death in the wreck: 65 year-old Joseph Lee of Conehatta, the driver of the 18-wheeler.

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