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Single-vehicle accident on I-20 brings traffic to a standstill

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Closures U.S. 65 Madison Parish May 19 20

A single-vehicle accident on Interstate 20 westbound around the 8-mile marker has traffic at a standstill.
The accident occurred at around 7 a.m.

Warren County Emergency Management Director John Elfer and Deputy Robert Jackson were first to arrive on scene. The crash was in the median of the Interstate, and they indicated the individual had severe, possibly life-threatening injuries.

The decision was made to call in an AirCare helicopter from the University of Mississipi Medical Center in Jackson. Multiple agencies worked together to provide traffic control assistance, as all westbound movement on the Interstate was stopped. These agencies included The Mississippi Highway Patrol, Mississippi Department of Transportation Law Enforcement, Warren County Road Enforcement and the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.

After several attempts to land, the helicopter pilot said the crosswinds were too great to safely land in the roadway. At that point, a Vicksburg Fire Department ambulance transported the crash victim to the weigh station scales and transferred him to the AirCare ambulance there.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol is investigating the cause of the crash, and they remain on scene as of this writing.

MDOT indicated traffic should start moving again around 9 a.m., but expect the backup to take considerable time to unwind.

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