Mississippi police have shut down a major interstate after what is believed to have started as a road rage incident involving two truck drivers has escalated. Authorities have closed down both directions of I-10 in Jackson County for a police standoff with an armed truck driver, according to MyNBC15. The Associated Press reported that the incident began when the truck driver was involved in a road rage dispute with another trucker near the Alabama/Mississippi border. Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell said that the incident was “some kind of road rage” involving another semi truck driver. The nature of this dispute is still unclear. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office then reported that the suspect caused two crashes while driving recklessly on I-10 while still in Alabama. One of the vehicles involved was an ambulance.
BREAKING: Standoff on I-10 in MS started with an 18 wheeler driving recklessly hitting two vehicles in AL. Ambulance driver tells me he’s okay and the 18-wheeler was driving crazy. @mynbc15 pic.twitter.com/wX9wP7rCYY
— Nicole Fierro (@FierroNicole) January 30, 2019
Once the truck crossed into Mississippi, the Jackson County deputies began a pursuit. The truck driver reportedly pulled over on the right shoulder of I-10 at mile marker 60 and exited his truck. He then threatened officers with a machete before getting back in the truck. The incident has resulted in a standoff involving multiple agencies, including the Mississippi Department of Transportation and the Mississippi Highway Patrol. Officers are currently trying to coax the driver out of the truck.
Something serious on I-10 between Gautier/Ocean springscoming on 40 or so law enforcement officers.Either hostage or they won't come out. They are putting bullet proof vest on
Posted by Tammy Slater-Ragsdale on Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Both directions of I-10 are shut down between Exits 57 and 61.
Please be advised both directions of I-10 at exits 57 and 61 are closed until further notice. Deputies and State…
Miles long traffic backups have been reported. MHP spokesperson Chase Elkins called the situation “very dangerous.” This is a developing story.