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Two Jackson County first responders crash near scene of fatal wreck

Two people were injured in a second wreck in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 10 on Wednesday, including a Ford Expedition from Jackson County Emergency Services. Earl Etheridge, emergency services director, is shown on a gurney to the left. The wreck was not far from a multiple vehicle wreck earlier in morning that claimed four lives and shut down all westbound lanes.
Two people were injured in a second wreck in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 10 on Wednesday, including a Ford Expedition from Jackson County Emergency Services. Earl Etheridge, emergency services director, is shown on a gurney to the left. The wreck was not far from a multiple vehicle wreck earlier in morning that claimed four lives and shut down all westbound lanes. jcfitzhugh@sunherald.com

Two emergency responders were injured when they collided about a mile west of a deadly four-vehicle crash on Interstate 10 on Wednesday.

Jackson County Emergency Services Director Earl Etheridge and Acadian Ambulance supervisor Frank Duke were taken from the wreck on I-10 to Ocean Springs Hospital before noon Wednesday. Both were treated and released.

The wreck occurred in the westbound lanes of I-10.

It involved a Ford Expedition SUV with a Jackson County Emergency Services logo and a Ford pickup with a state government tag.

The vehicles were traveling west on I-10 when they collided, according to people at the scene.

The SUV wound up in the median of the interstate and appeared to be rear-ended by the pickup, which had heavy front-end damage.

The two had been responding to a four-vehicle crash that has claimed four lives, caused a diesel spill and resulted in the closure of all westbound lanes. Emergency workers were still on scene when the second collision occurred.

In February, 2018, four people were killed in a wreck on I-10 two miles west of exit 61 in Jackson County. A second wreck about a mile west of the fatal sent two people to the hospital.

Two 18-wheelers and two passenger vehicles were involved in the first crash, Mississippi Highway Patrol spokesman Chase Elkins.

The deadly collision occurred at the 63-mile marker just past the 4-mile-long bridge over the Pascagoula River.

Westbound lanes will be closed until at least 1 p.m., according to the Mississippi Department of Transportation’s latest alert.

Sun Herald staff writer Robin Fitzgerald contributed to this report.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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