Emergency crews rushed to the Golden Triangle Airport exit on Hwy 82 East just before 9am Saturday in response to an overturned tanker truck. The Mississippi Highway Patrol stated that Travoris Ashford, age 30, lost control of his 18-wheeler as he attempted to turn East onto the Hwy 82 on ramp. Ashford’s rig jackknifed and flipped off of the ramp, crushing the back of his cab and throwing his load of Ferrous Chloride onto it’s side. According to some workers on scene (presumed to be from the nearby Severstal steel mill), Ferrous chloride is a byproduct of steel processing, otherwise called spent nickel, and it is considered mildly hazardous in liquid form.
Lowndes County Deputies arrived on scene within minutes and secured the scene, moving bystanders back more than 200 feet from the wreckage for safety. Columbus Fire and HAZMAT crews arrived to tend to the truck to ensure none of the chemical had leaked from the tanker. After suiting up in protective clothing, the HAZMAT team inspected the tanker and discovered no evidence of spillage.
Ashford was taken by paramedics to BMH-GT with mild injuries. A representative of the owner of the truck, B & R Transportation of Angola, Indiana, was on scene but unavailable for comment. The Mississippi Highway Patrol said that the investigation is still ongoing as of press time and no citations have been issued yet.