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UPDATE: I-10 now open in both directions near Lake Charles

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Posted at 3:46 PM, Jun 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-30 05:39:38-04

LAKE CHARLES, La. — 1:27 a.m. Update: I-10 is now back open in both directions near Lake Charles after being closed much of Tuesday following a tanker truck carrying hazardous materials crashed causing chemicals to spill on the road.

9:50 p.m. update: Both east and westbound lanes on I-10 are still closed at this time. Crews are in the process of removing the wreckage, but State Police say it will be several hours before the roadway will be reopened. Continue to expect major delays if you are traveling through or around Lake Charles.

I-10 near Lake Charles is closed in both directions because of a single-vehicle crash involving a tanker truck carrying hazardous material.

It happened on I-10 westbound near I-210 westbound at mile marker 35. The driver received minor injuries, police say.

DEQ is on the scene and a clean-up crew is en route. The substance is neopentyl glycol molten. It is shipped as a liquid at a regulated temperature but when it comes into contact with outside air it solidifies which is what has happened on I-10 in that area. There is no inhalation hazard for people, according to police.

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Neopentyl glycol molten spilled onto I-10 following a crash in Lake Charles.

Eastbound motorists may use US 90 as a detour route. Westbound motorists may take LA 397 north to LA 3059 west to US 171 south to I-10 west as a detour route.

Delays stretch to before these detour routes and attempted travel on I-10 through Lake Charles is discouraged at this time.

There is no time frame on when the roadway will reopen.

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