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Traffic was backed up for nearly 12 hours on I-10 near Louisiana line. Here’s why.

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Traffic was backed up for about 12 hours on Interstate 10 in Hancock County into Louisiana starting at about 1:30 a.m. Friday after a wreck involving two 18-wheelers — one of them carrying produce.

Mississippi Highway Patrol spokesman Chase Elkins said an 18-wheeler sideswiped a resting 18-wheeler in an eastbound lane of I-10 near mile marker 2 in Hancock County in the early morning hours of Aug. 31.

The crash created traffic delays after diesel spilled on the I-10, which had to be cleared, Elkins said. One of the trucks was also loaded with produce, which also had to be removed.

Elkins said about 1:15 p.m. that both lanes of traffic were back open.

Elkins said another crash happened on I-10 in the eastbound lane near mile marker 41 after a small pickup hydroplaned and went over the median, causing it to roll over.

“The driver was unbuckled and was partially ejected, receiving serious injuries in the process,” he said. “The passenger was transported to a local hospital by ambulance with minor injuries.”

Elkins said the rollover has been cleared.

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