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Interstate reopens after accident

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Getting side-swiped by an 18-wheeler was last thing Laura Reed expected Friday morning as she drove on I-220 Northbound, just North of Medgar Evers Boulevard.

"The 18-wheeler, I saw him in my rearview mirror, I tried to get to the left, but I couldn't in time, and he clipped the left side of me, so I spun out about 4 or 5 times," Reed.

It happened just after 8:30 Friday morning.

Reed said the wreck was set in motion when the car in front of her spun out of control, forcing traffic to slow down.

But a Love Box Company 18-wheeler couldn't stop in time, hitting a Ford pick-up truck before side-swiping Reed's minivan.

"I was on the phone, just screaming to my friend," said Reed.

While no one was seriously injured, all Northbound lanes of I-220 were shut down at the crash site for two hours while officials worked to tow the damaged vehicles and pour sand on the roughly 30 gallons of diesel fuel spilled from the jack-knifed big rig.

"There's not a lot of danger, with diesel it takes a lot of heat, more than just a spark, to ignite it," Steve Grantham, assistant district maintenance engineer with the Mississippi Department of Transportation.

The 18-wheeler's young driver was too shaken to speak with WLBT. But officials said the 18-wheeler was carrying cardboard.

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