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Fuel spill on 1-10 in Mississippi slows traffic amid cleanup

July 9, 2021 GMT

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — A crash on Interstate 10 early Friday caused a fuel spill that slowed traffic for hours as a crew worked to keep the mess from polluting the Wolf River, Mississippi officials said.

A tractor-trailer spilled 150 gallons (568 litres) of fuel in a wreck with an SUV at about 3:30 a.m. in coastal Harrison County, the Sun Herald reported. The spill went into the soil alongside the interstate and threatened to seep into the river nearby, Harrison County Fire Chief Pat Sullivan said.

Six firefighters and a crew from an environmental cleanup company spent up to seven hours building a dyke and using absorbent pads to mop up the spill, Sullivan said. One lane of the highway was closed to traffic during the cleanup, but had reopened by late Friday morning.

The driver of the SUV was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries, the fire chief said.

He said the tractor-trailer was carrying 12 fork lifts from South Carolina to Louisiana.