Jul 12, 2014 5:14 PM by Cecilia Stevenson
This morning Louisiana State Police shut down Interstate 10 east and west due to an 18-wheeler crash.
State Police report that Phosphoric Acid was spilled onto the roadway. One 18 wheeler side swiped another 18 wheeler when the driver allegedly did not notice the first truck slowing down.
Phosphoric acid is mainly used in the manufacturing of fertilizers and other pharmaceuticals, but the chemical is also a flavoring ingredient used in making of coca-cola.
Interstate 10 eastbound remains closed at mile post 119.8 (Atchafalaya Basin Bridge) after an accident involving hazardous materials. Motorist were delayed 45 minutes to 3 hours on the Atchafalaya while traffic was being detoured.
Those traveling east were forced to take US 190 by way of the I-10/I-49 split. The drivers closer to the mile marker 119 and those near the Henderson exit had to wait to be turned around to head westbound to get on US 190.
Interstate 10 westbound lanes were intermittently open and closed from the Rahman Exit to LA 415 (Lobdell).
All lanes are now open westbound, but state police say weather and rubber necking from drivers are causing the heavy traffic delays.