Two die in I-10 crash

Wreck at foot of bridge snarls traffic for hours


Two young adults were killed on Interstate 10 Tuesday in a four-vehicle wreck that closed a portion of the highway for more than three hours.

Authorities were withholding the names of the man and woman until their relatives could be notified. The two were believed to be in their 20s and were in a car with Alabama tags. Police said a person in another vehicle was also injured. No further details were provided on that injury.

The wreck occurred after 3 p.m. in the eastbound lane of I-10 at the foot of the long bridge over the Pascagoula River and Mississippi 613, which is at exit 68.

Authorities said a Ford pickup traveling west on I-10 left the roadway, crossed the wide median and hit cars traveling east. An 18-wheeler also was involved and had minor damage.

A small red car held the two who were killed.

Coroner Vicki Broadus said the two young people died in the car with their seatbelts on.

The car was demolished.

Moss Point Police Chief Sheila Smallman said the cars and pickup had tags from Daphne, Ala., Lafayette, La. and Saraland, Ala.

Gautier police began immediately diverting all eastbound traffic off I-10 at Mississippi 57, almost 10 miles before the wreck scene. They said it was the quickest route to U.S. 90, with the fewest traffic lights.

Interstate traffic then traveled through Gautier and Pascagoula and re-entered the highway either in east Pascagoula at Mississippi 63 or somewhere further east, police said. The diversion ended and eastbound traffic resumed on I-10 between 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.



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