December 1, 2020

Truck driver wielding machete in standoff on Mississippi interstate

Law enforcement officers say a standoff between a truck driver with a machete and police officers has brought traffic to a stop on a section of Interstate 10 in Mississippi.

Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell told news outlets the 18-wheeler is on the shoulder of the westbound corridor in southern Mississippi.

Ezell says the truck driver has a machete and that there was some kind of road rage incident involving another truck driver.

Marcia Hill with the sheriff’s office says the driver in the standoff had been operating the rig recklessly on the interstate in Alabama and deputies were able to stop the vehicle after it entered Mississippi.

Mississippi Highway Patrol Master Sgt. Chase Elkins says Interstate 10 is closed on one section.

No injuries have been reported.