Moselle, South Jones, and Southwest Jones Volunteer Fire Departments responded to the scene of the accidents on the northbound side of the interstate. A volunteer firefighter from Powers VFD, traveling from Hattiesburg to Laurel, happened upon the accident and immediately advised that traffic needed to be slowed down. Firefighters arriving on scene were directed to block the northbound side of the interstate at exit 73 and redirect traffic to Highway 11 through Moselle. Soon after the roadblock was put into place, the entire northbound side of the interstate was shut down to traffic.
The vehicles involved in the accidents were two 18-wheelers, two SUVs, one passenger car, and a bus-style RV.
The first accident involved an 18-wheelers and the passenger car. One occupant of the passenger car was transported by EMServ ambulance service to Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg with what was believed to be non-life threatening injuries. The car sustained significant damage to its entire driver's side, and the 18-wheeler sustained some damage to its passenger's side and front bumper.
The RV and two SUVs were involved in the second accident. The SUV at the front of the line sustained rear-end damage. The SUV in the middle sustained significant damage to its front and rear end, and the RV, third in line, sustained some damage to its front-end. None of the occupants were reported injured. All three vehicles were blocking the left lane of the interstate.
The other incident appeared to have happened when an 18-wheeler took to the median to avoid colliding with slowed vehicles. No damage to the 18-wheeler was evident and the driver was uninjured.
After about an hour, while emergency and recovery operations were performed, both northbound lanes were reopened.
Emergency personnel on scene included Moselle, South Jones and Southwest Jones Volunteer Fire Departments, EMServ Ambulance service, Jones County Fire Coordinator Dan McKenna, Jones County Fire Public Information Officer, Jones County Sheriff's Department and Mississippi Highway Patrol. A Powers Volunteer Fire Department firefighter was also on scene.