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Mechanical failure leads to 18-wheeler fire and bridge closure

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Photo courtesy of Delta Marshals Office

Just after 3:30 p.m. Sunday, reports began to come in of an 18-wheeler on fire on the Louisiana side of the Mississippi river bridge in the eastbound lanes.

According to Delta Deputy Marshal Sam Kennedy, the driver experienced a mechanical issue with his brakes and used the construction barrier as a mechanism to bring the truck to a stop. This ignited a fire which engulfed the truck and part of the trailer.

The driver managed to escape uninjured.

Delta, Mound and Tallulah Fire Departments responded to the incident. Traffic is currently stopped in both directions as the wreckage is in both lanes on the superstructure of the bridge.

Photo courtesy of Delta Marshals Office

There is currently no timetable on reopening the bridge. A wrecker has been summoned to remove the truck.

The Vicksburg Daily News will provide more information as it becomes available.

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18-wheeler fire halts traffic on I-20 bridge

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Photo courtesy of the Delta Marshals Office

An 18-wheeler caught fire traveling eastbound on the Louisiana side of the Interstate-20 bridge.

Officials will have to close both eastbound and westbound lanes to extinguish the flames and clear the roadway.

It is unknown that this time if anyone was injured.

The Vicksburg Daily News will continue to provide updates as the situation develops.

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VPD identifies perpetrator in pursuit leading to $45,000 drug bust

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Photo courtesy of Vicksburg Police Department

Shortly before 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, Vicksburg Police attempted to stop a red Chevrolet Impala driving recklessly near the intersection of Lane street and Military Avenue. The driver, Christopher Galloway, 24, of Vicksburg refused to stop and led officers on a chase from there to Interstate 20 eastbound in front of Tractor Supply.  When his attempt to jump from the interstate onto South Frontage Road failed and his car was disabled, Galloway jumped from the vehicle carrying a backpack.  The brief foot pursuit ended when he was apprehended behind the commercial building on North Frontage Road beside the Wisconsin Avenue overpass.

Christopher Galloway (photo courtesy of VPD)

The backpack Galloway carried had three gallon-sized baggies of high-grade marijuana inside, and seven identical bags were found in the trunk of his car, along with some smaller bags of marijuana.  Also seized were 100 bags of edible marijuana candy, two digital scales, and a Beretta 9mm handgun. Total weight of the marijuana is eleven pounds, with a street value of $33,000.00 for the bagged drugs and $15,000.00 for the candy.

Galloway was arrested on charges of Trafficking and Felony Eluding, in addition to misdemeanor warrants already on file. He will appear in Vicksburg Municipal Court on Monday, November 2, 2020.

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Pursuit leads to massive pot bust

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Officer Michael Battle with confiscated marijuana (photo by Thomas Parker).

At around 11:15 a.m. Sunday, Vicksburg police officer Michael Battle attempted to stop a red Chevrolet Impala for traffic violations on Military Avenue.

The vehicle refused to yield to lights and sirens and a brief vehicle pursuit ensued. The Impala went into the median area on Interstate 20 eastbound between the highway and South Frontage Road.

Photo by Thomas Parker

The driver fled on foot going towards Manor Drive before crossing the interstate where he was apprehended on the property at 1901 North Frontage Road (most commonly known as Captain Jack’s).

Photo by Thomas Parker

The individual was carrying a backpack containing a large quantity of marijuana. He has been transported to the Police Department for booking and processing.

Numerous Vicksburg Police officers were involved in the apprehension along with Sheriff Martin Pace and Mississippi State Trooper Sgt. Kervin Stewart.

The Vicksburg Daily News will provide additional information as it becomes available to us.

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