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 I-10 Now Open After Thursday Spill
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3 years ago

I-10 Now Open After Thursday Spill

State Police say I-10 is OPEN both east and west bound in Jeff Davis Parish. However, traffic is reduced to one lane for a "very short span" at milepost 57 because a portion of the roadway was damaged in the crash that resulted in a chemical spill Thursday.

3 years ago

Chemical Effects from Tanker Crash

As a result of the two incidents involving hazardous materials it is raising concern for the potential toxic nature of the leaking chemicals.

Here is how the they could affect you.

Nitric Acid is hazardous if it comes in contact with skin, eyes or if ingested. It is only slightly hazardous if inhaled.

Isopropyl Benzene is also hazardous for skin, eyes, ingestion and inhalation.

State Trooper Stephen Hammons said officials were unsure when the interstate would reopen. Cleanup could continue into early Friday.

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3 years ago

Crash Closes Interstate 10 in Both Directions

ROANOKE, La. (AP) - A 20-mile stretch of Interstate 10 sat empty Thursday after two incidents involving hazardous materials forced authorities to shut down the highway, snarling traffic and prompting warnings that the cleanup could continue into early Friday.

The American Press reported the trouble began shortly after 9 a.m. when the driver of a tractor-trailer headed east noticed nitric acid leaking from his truck, according to Louisiana State Police spokesman Stephen Hammons. The driver stopped near mile marker 60, and a hazardous materials team shut down the highway's eastbound lanes and began trying to contain the leak, Hammons said.

The situation unraveled further, however, when a truck also traveling east collided with a tractor trailer carrying cumene, which Hammons described as flammable and an inhalation concern. That accident happened as vehicles maneuvered through the clogged traffic from the first incident and led to the shutdown of the interstate in both directions, he said.

Hammons said officials were unsure when the interstate would reopen.

"We're not looking at a days-long event, but we are expecting it to extend well into the evening hours and would not rule out the possibility of going into the morning," he said.

Westbound motorists, meanwhile, were detoured at the Jennings exit onto Louisiana 26 and US 190 west; eastbound traffic will exit at Alexandria onto US 165 and 190 east.

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3 years ago

Update: New I-10 detour routes

Both I-10 westbound and eastbound lanes are closed from Jennings to Welsh. New detour routes have been established. I-10 Westbound traffic will exit at Exit 64 (Jennings) and travel north on LA 26 US 190 west. I-10 Eastbound traffic will exit at Exit 44 (Alexandria Exit) and travel north on US 165 to US 190 east.
The first leaking 18-wheeler remains on the shoulder of I-10 eastbound at Milepost 60. Crews are still working to secure the leak and safely off load nitric acid. The cause of the leak remains under investigation.

The second tractor trailer was carrying Cumene which is a flammable material. "State Police Emergency Services Crews are on scene working diligently to clean up the spilled product and reopen the interstate," Trooper Stephen Hammons said.

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3 years ago

Update: Clean-up begins on first leaking tanker

State police hazardous materials crews are removing nitric acid from an 18 wheeler that leaked this morning on I-10. After the chemical is removed, clean up on the ground will begin. According to state police, a small amount of nitric acid leaked. As for the second 18 wheeler leaking a hazardous chemical, we don't know yet the name of the chemical, but Trooper Stephen Hammons says the concern is that it's flammable and a breathing hazard. He says the second accident will take longer to clean. I-10, from Jennings to Welsh, will remain closed until both spills are cleaned up.

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3 years ago

Second hazardous materials leak on I-10 shuts down both east and westbound lanes

There is a second hazardous materials accident on I-10 in the eastbound lanes in the Roanoke area. This is the same area where a truck leaked nitric acid earlier today.
The second accident has shut down westbound lanes, so now both east and westbound lanes are closed. We don't know yet what type of chemical the second truck is carrying. The accident was caused when a vehicle rear-ended the truck.

Pictured is the the traffic back up caused by the first crash.

Eastbound drivers will exit at Roanoke; Westbound drivers will exit at Welsh.

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3 years ago

Update: Nitric Acid spill on I-10 East

I 10 eastbound will be closed at the Roanoke exit due to a chemical spill of Nitric Acid. Traffic will be routed to Highway 90. It will be closed most of the day. You can detour by taking LA 395, go north on Highway 395, to LA 102, go East on Highway 102, South on Highway 26, which will run into I-10. Updates constantly on KATC.com, Facebook, and Twitter.

Troopers haven't ruled out the possibility of closing westbound. As of right now, it remains open.

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3 years ago

I-10 East closed at mile marker 60

I 10 east bound will be closed at the Roanoke exit due to a chemical spill of Nitric Acid. Traffic will be routed to Highway 90. It will be closed most of the day.

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