A freak incident on Interstate 10 along the Mississippi Gulf Coast left a Tulane University senior dead Tuesday after an 18-wheeler lost two wheels that flew into a rest stop, one of which struck the woman, according to the Biloxi Sun Herald.
School officials identified the student as 21-year-old Margaret Maurer, a senior studying ecology and evolutionary biology.
Maurer, who went by Meg, was a Newcomb Scholar, in a Tulane leadership program for women students, according to the university. While a student, she sold plants and crocheted items from recycled material at the Green Wave Community Market, according to its Facebook page.
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She was from Forest Lake, Minnesota, which is about 30 miles northeast of Minneapolis.
The accident happened just west of Pascagoula near Gautier, where police said the 18-wheeler was driving westbound on Interstate 10 when it lost two wheels, which skipped across the eastbound lanes and into the rest stop.
Maurer and her two friends were about to get back into their car when a truck tire hit her and smashed into two cars.
The rest area on eastbound I-10 between the Gautier exit 61 and the Pascagoula River Bridge was closed, but traffic was not stopped while the incident was being investigated.
A freak accident on Interstate 10 along the Mississippi Gulf Coast left a Tulane University senior dead Tuesday after an 18-wheeler lost a pai…