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Overheated brakes lead to traffic issue along I-20 westbound

Traffic along Interstate 20 westbound near the 8-mile marker was slowed Thursday afternoon when the brakes of a tanker truck reportedly began to smoke.

Units were dispatched to the scene, which was first described as a possible tanker fire.

According to Warren County Fire Coordinator Jerry Briggs, a mechanical failure in one of the truck’s axles caused the brakes to overheat and begin to smoke. The driver pulled the tanker off to the side of the interstate.

Briggs said the tanker was carrying 80,000 gallons of gasoline. The truck is currently traveling west under its own power to get off the interstate.

As of last report, the tanker was traveling at about 5 mph to exit off the U.S. Highway 61 North exit where another truck is waiting to take the tanker.

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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