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I-10 reopens following chemical spill

Posted at 3:03 PM, Aug 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-18 00:35:47-04

UPDATE, 11:30 p.m.:  Interstate 10 is now fully open after an 18-wheeler carrying hazardous material overturned nearly 17 hours ago.

State police say the truck carrying ethylene dichloride (1, 2-trichloroethane) overturned at Mile Marker 117 before Henderson around 7:30 a.m. The chemical is highly toxic and flammable.

Westbound traffic is being diverted at LA 415 (Lobdell) to U.S. 190 West, while eastbound traffic was being diverted onto I-49 North to U.S. 190 East.

According to DOTD, congestion has cleared at the I-10/I-49 split.

Drivers are urged to take an alternate route.