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Overturned big rig ties up traffic at US 49 exit on I-10

Gulfport firefighters are among first responders at the scene of an overturned 18-wheeler Wednesday morning at the I-10 northbound off ramp to U.S. 49. The area is expected to be closed several hours for clean-up.
Gulfport firefighters are among first responders at the scene of an overturned 18-wheeler Wednesday morning at the I-10 northbound off ramp to U.S. 49. The area is expected to be closed several hours for clean-up.

The northbound off-ramp on Interstate 10 to U.S. 49 was shut down for a few hours Wednesday morning after an 18-wheeler overturned, causing a diesel spill and major traffic delays.

Gulfport Police Sgt. Joshua Bromen said the crash happened shortly before 10 a.m. The truck was hauling dirt and was eastbound on I-10 when the driver attempted to exit and lost control, causing the vehicle to roll over, Bromen said.

The driver appeared to have only minor injuries, he said.

An estimated 200 gallons of diesel spilled, and the Gulfport Fire Department and the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality assisted in clean-up.

After being closed for two hours, the northbound ramp at Exit 34 opened at about 12:20 p.m., Bromen said.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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