D’IBERVILLE, MS – A semi truck pulling a tanker with hazardous materials crossed the median and crashed into oncoming traffic on I-10 in D’Iberville, MS on February 22, 2014, killing both drivers.
D’Iberville is located in Harrison County, Mississippi in the southern part of the state along the Gulf of Mexico about 3 miles north of Biloxi.
The accident happened around 6:00 p.m. on February 22, 2014 on the eastbound side of I-10 just east of the I-110 interchange. The driver a passenger car was killed when an 18 wheeler traveling westbound crossed over the grassy median and crashed head-on into it.
The deceased driver of the car was identified as 59 year-old Kevin Benefield from Moss Point, MS. The trucker also died in the accident. He was identified as 59-year old Donald Lockhart.
After an investigation it was determined that Lockhart suffered some sort of medical emergency, which caused him to lose control of the vehicle. Vicki Broadus, Coroner of Jackson County, MS, said that Lockhart’s medical emergency caused him to go unconscious and thereby lose control of his rig.
The semi truck was pulling a tanker that contained hazardous material. Fortunately, the tanker trailer was not ruptured and there were no hazardous materials spilled. Crews had to work through the night on the safe removal of the tanker due to the precautions that had to be exercised.
The crash caused traffic to be backed up for hours.
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