18-wheeler wrecks, catches fire on I-20 East - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

18-wheeler wrecks, catches fire on I-20 East

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

On Wednesday morning a truck driver walked away from a fiery crash that lit up the side of Interstate 20 in Hinds County near Clinton.

The flames engulfing the wrecked tanker truck brightened up I-20 east near Norrell Road around 5:30 a.m.

From the looks of it you wouldn't think anyone survived the massive blaze. However, truck driver Keith Hollon, who told authorities he fell asleep before crashing into the woods, walked away unharmed.

"I'm just a little shaky, I'll get over that in just a little bit," says Hollon. 

Hollon says he lost control on a bridge before crashing. He says when he ended up in the woods he noticed a fire starting in the fire.

"A little fire came from under the hood by the windshield, so I grabbed my fire extinguisher tried to put it out, but it kept getting bigger and bigger so I figured I'd better get out," says Hollon. 

Hollon was headed to Georgia carrying trailers on his truck. He says he walked away from the accident with his shoes and fire extinguisher. Thousands of dollars of personal belongings, including medical equipment burned in the blaze. 

"I'm going to be in bad shape until I can get a hold of some medicine because I need to get another nebulizer and it's at home," says Hollon. 

It took several hours for crews to clear the scene and remove the truck from the woods. 

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