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Fog leads to massive pileup on Highway 49

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SIMPSON COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

It was a frightening morning on the road for dozens of drivers and passengers traveling along Highway 49 in Magee. Poor visibility caused a chain reaction accident, leaving more than three dozen vehicles, including some semis wrecked.

Some of the accident aftermath resulted in a truck with a crushed cabin and shattered windshield. There was also an 18-wheeler jammed into the back of a tanker truck.

"Really zero visibility very limited visibility at all," said Magee Police Chief Randy Crawford.

Crawford said Saturday morning's dense fog caused the multi-vehicle pile-up on Highway 49 South, just south of the overpass of Highway 149. It's estimated that more than thirty vehicles, including several semi trucks got smashed and stuck in the mess.

 "We had a wreck started out a chain reaction and spilled over into the northbound lane and another chain reaction there," said Chief Crawford.

 M-DOT workers laid sand over a small amount of oil which came from one of the trucks. About one dozen people went to the hospital with minor injuries.

"We were very fortunate we didn't have any serious injuries," said Chief Crawford.

The chain reaction which occurred shortly after seven Saturday morning required the assistance of the Mississippi Highway Patrol, M-DOT and just about every emergency agency in Simpson County.

"All the fire department's in Simpson County, the volunteer fire departments assisted with traffic detail, the Magee volunteer fire department, Mendehall, Pinola, Braxton," said Chief Crawford.

Southbound traffic on Highway 49 opened back up just before one Saturday afternoon. The northbound lanes of Highway 49 in Magee were also blocked, but opened back up much sooner than the southbound lanes.

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