Multiple wrecks cause traffic snarl on I-10 near Cowan Road exit

Heavy rain could be to blame for multiple traffic accidents Friday afternoon on Interstate 10 near the Cowan Road exit in Gulfport, Fire Chief Mike Beyerstedt said.

Beyerstedt said he has received reports of three separate vehicle wrecks on or near Interstate 10 and Mississippi 605. There are no reports of any injuries, he said.

Public works has been called to place sand on oil or other liquid covering the roadway. Eastbound traffic is blocked off. Westbound traffic is backed up.

Crews are on the scene working to clear the roadways, but drivers should expect traffic delays up to an hour, according to the Mississippi Department of Transportation.

Beyerstedt advises motorists to use an alternate route.