TUPELO - Traffic resumed as normal on Interstate 22 through Tupelo around 6:30 Tuesday morning.

A Monday night wreck involving two 18-wheelers, one carrying mail for the U.S. Postal Service. Letters and packages were strewn along a section of the busy road near the Veterans Boulevard exit in eastern Tupelo.

Traffic was detoured around the area until U.S. postal inspecters could arrive, assess the situation and oversee the collection of the mail. That process took most of the night.

Traffic was restored on June 19, about 10 hours after the wreck.

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I-22 wreck forces detours

TUPELO – A Monday evening wreck between two tractor-trailers has forced authorities to detour traffic in eastern Tupelo.

According to Tupelo communications director Leesha Faulkner, the wreck happened around 8:30 p.m. June 18 just east of the Veterans Boulevard exit. Two westbound 18-wheelers, one carrying mail for the U.S. Postal Service, were involved in the wreck.

“There is mail strewn across the road and they have stopped all westbound traffic in the area,” Faulkner said. “Traffic is being diverted at the Auburn Road exit.”

The driver of the postal truck was ejected from the vehicle and found face down about 50 yards east of where the trucks came to rest. He was carried to the North Mississippi Medical Center in stable condition. The other driver was taken to the hospital for observation.

Officials hope to have the wreckage cleared and normal traffic restored soon.

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