A van traveling east on Highway 98 blew out a tire while crossing the Chickasawshay River Bridge at around 4:30 a.m. when the accident occurred. The family of seven in the van hailed roadside assistance, and a wrecker showed up to load the van.
Officials say the tow truck and van were hit by a tractor-trailer that failed to stop, reports WBRC. The semi slammed through both vehicles and ruptured its fuel tank, causing each vehicle to burst into flames. The seven people inside the van were able to escape following the collision and fire.
WBRC reports that the driver of the tow truck and the family of seven received treatment at local hospitals with minor to moderate injuries.
The following information is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).