Speed was a factor in a series of crashes that started after a car drove the wrong way up on an exit ramp to Interstate 10, causing three crashes involving a total of nine vehicles in westbound lanes, police said.
The crashes around Exit 34 over U.S. 49 occurred on wet roads after a heavy rain of about 10 minutes, Police Sgt. Joshua Bromen said.
The driver of the car that started the crashes lost control, leading to collisions involving three vehicles, four vehicles, and then two vehicles, he said. One of the vehicles went into woods. Another hit the concrete divider wall.
Police shut down the westbound ramp to I-10 at 2:55 p.m. The ramp was shut down for more than an hour. Westbound traffic was further complicated by lane closures on each westbound side of the interstate at Exit 34 A.
While police and tow trucks were clearing lanes from some of the initial wrecks, another crash occurred in westbound lanes just past Exit 44 to Cedar Lake Road and the Mississippi Coast Coliseum.
Only minor injuries were reported, Bromen said.