Posted: Nov 25, 2009 3:55 PM by Rob Kirkpatrick
Updated: Nov 25, 2009 3:55 PM
Interstate 10 in Lake Charles is now open for motorist traveling on Interstate 10 east and westbound through Lake Charles.
On November 24 at 11:00 am, a tractor trailer transporting butane overturned near the Interstate 10 exit in the city of Westlake. State Police Emergency Services were called to the scene and closed the Interstate due to the tanker leaking butane.
The crash had closed Interstate 10 for traffic traveling east and westbound in the city of Westlake. All traffic approaching Lake Charles on Interstate 10 east and Interstate 10 westbound were diverted onto Interstate 210.
State Police Emergency Services worked through the night to safely remove the butane from the tanker.
State Police want to remind motorists to drive carefully and to expect an increase in traffic on Louisiana roadways during this holiday week.
State Police have confirmed that the truck has been removed from the roadway and the interstate is now open to traffic.
According to State Troopers, the truck carrying highly flammable chemicals is upright and authorities are hoping to have it removed from the roadway.
As of 9:30am this morning (November 25) State Police say they will try to have I-10 opened sometime around noon.
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I-10 near Lake Charles is shut down and being diverted to I-210 after an accident involving an 18-wheeler.
According to officials with Louisiana State Police Troop D, the tractor-trailer is carrying propane that is being burned off in a controlled burn.
Authorities do not expect the interstate to be re-opened approximately 4 AM.