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Accident backs up port roads

NATCHEZ — Traffic was blocked to one of the Natchez-Adams County Port’s two entries Thursday after the laws of physics got the better end of an argument with a truck hauling a heavy load.

Adams County Sheriff Chuck Mayfield said deputies responded at 10:58 a.m. to an overturned 1998 Freightliner 18-wheeler at the corner of Government Fleet Road Extension and L.E. Barry Road.

Portions of the Government Fleet Extension have a steep grade — the bridge is built on an 8-percent grade — and Mayfield said the driver, Eric Bingham, was likely trying to accelerate in order to climb the hill.

The sheriff said the truck was hauling dry cement for a company in Winnsboro, La.

“The new road going up, he was trying to gain speed to make that hill because it is kind of steep, and when he made the turn with that heavy load he was hauling, he turned the truck over,” Mayfield said.

The sheriff said he does not believe the road presents a danger of similar accidents occurring often.

“It was just an error in judgment in navigating the turn at the speed he was trying to get to,” Mayfield said.

Bingham was transported to Natchez Regional Medical Center, where he was treated with a non-life threatening laceration to the head.