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I-55 reopens after bogus carjacking call

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A report of an attempted carjacking on Interstate 55 Wednesday afternoon in Jackson has left Mississippi Highway Patrol searching for any evidence that the situation actually occurred.

Odis Easterling with the Mississippi Highway Patrol says they received an emergency call from a driver of a pick-up truck saying shots had been fired at his vehicle as he was driving on I-55. Easterling adds units cannot find any evidence that proves shots were fired in any type of exchange. MHP is no longer looking for a suspect. It's unclear if any charges will be filed in the incident.

The Mississippi Department of Transportation closed all lanes of Interstate 55 southbound in Jackson past the Pearl Street exit for about 30 minutes shortly around 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Many of the drivers tried to catch the action on cell phone cameras.

"The truck was already sitting there with the door open. This was already stopped. The guy in the first state trooper, in the silver truck right there, just put on his vest and got his rifle. And him and I guess another trooper, official, approached the white vehicle up there and looked over the railing," said Rebekah Moreau who watched the commotion from her car.

Jackson Police Officer Colendula Green said a man claimed he was the victim of an attempted carjacking. Officers from multiple law enforcement agencies saturated Interstate 55 at the stack and Highway 80 near the Pearl River.

Some drivers in the frozen traffic were just trying to piece together what they saw unfold right in front of them.

"As soon as they got here they stopped us and I did notice that the first two responders all had their guns drawn and pointing at the first vehicle up there," explained Rei Carter who was stuck in the traffic.

The Highway Patrol confirmed the man who made the claims did not sustain any injuries but was checked out at University Medical Center.

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