Big Rig Accidents Cause Traffic Headaches for Drivers in Three States

Tractor trailer accidents in three different states forced road closures and caused traffic tie ups for hundreds of drivers.Tractor trailer accidents forced the closures of roadways and tied up traffic in three states.

In Mississippi, the highway was closed for four hours following an overnight accident involving three 18-wheelers in south Covington County.

WLOX reports that the accident occurred around 4:30 a.m. on July 20 when a semi pulling a trailer pulled onto the northbound lane of Highway 49. According to the news agency, the driver of the truck stopped the vehicle after the trailer became loose from the tractor. The operator was then struck by two tractor trailers as he was attempting to reattach the lowboy.

The extent of the driver’s injuries were not known, but he was reportedly taken to Forrest General Hospital for treatment. The impact of the crash caused diesel fuel to leak onto the highway.

The northbound side of Highway 49 was closed for emergency crews to clear the full spill. It was reopened shortly after 8:30 a.m.

In New Hampshire, a six vehicle accident involving a tractor trailer slowed traffic at the Hampton Toll Plaza on Interstate 95 on July 19.

The Lawrence Eagle Tribune reports that the chain reaction crash occurred when a tractor trailer stopped suddenly while approaching the tolls. A number of vehicles then swerved and collided with each other, and sent a Honda Accord underneath the big rig.

The driver of the Honda, 44-year-old Gary Morin, was taken to Portsmouth Regional Hospital with what were called only minor injuries. Another driver was also injured in the wreck.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation, but officials told the news source that neither speed nor alcohol appear to be to blame.

In Indiana, police had to shut down US 50 after a tractor trailer ran off the roadway and into a lake on July 19.

According to WLWT, both people traveling in the big rig were injured in the accident. They have been identified as 41-year-old Patrick Allen and 37-year-old Tomya Allen, both of Batesville.

Police told the news agency that the men had to be pulled from the truck after it veered off the roadway, collided with a guardrail and went over an embankment into Lake Williams in Ripley County.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 693 people died as the result of motor vehicle accidents in Indiana in 2009.