Traffic Collisions

Houpt Car

Two people were taken to local hospitals following an afternoon accident involving two 18-wheelers Tuesday. It happened around 2:00 p.m. on interstate 20/59 westbound near the Toomsuba exit.

Investigators say a front tire on one 18-wheeler blew out, causing it to run into a milk truck.

At least one of the truck's gas tanks was damaged, causing fuel to leak into the median. The department of environmental quality was called in to assess the damage.

"This is not a real bad spill at all, approximately 75 gallons," said Clarence Butler, director of Lauderdale Emergency Management Agency. "Of course, this is a biological hazard that will have to be cleared up."

Meanwhile, investigators say the two drivers are lucky to be alive.

"It could have been bad. They both had their seatbelts on and that's what saved them," said Sgt. Curtis Moss of the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

Investigators say both drivers received minor injuries.

Earlier, a Russell Volunteer Fire Department fire truck wrecked while answering a call to a separate interstate accident.

A passenger car hit the side of the fire truck around 10:45 a.m. on Russell-Mount Gilead Road near the intersection with Highway 80.

Officials said Russell volunteer firefighter Johnny Roberson was not hurt.

Meanwhile, at the scene of the original wreck on the interstate, the vehicle rolled over but the occupants apparently escaped serious injury.