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UPDATE: All lanes open on I-10 E near the Texas border

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Posted at 3:51 PM, Sep 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-23 21:51:23-04

UPDATE (8:50 p.m.): All lanes open on I-10 E near the Texas border, according to state police. Troopers ask that drivers be aware of traffic congestion that may be in the area.

The inside lane of I-10 East has been reopened after multiple crashes in the area this afternoon. Please use caution when driving through the area and be aware of LSP and DOTD personnel. Crews are still working to reopen the remaining lane of travel.

State Police advise motorists to use an alternate route.

Here are some photos from the scene:

UPDATE from 4 p.m.: Damage to a tractor-trailer rig caused a diesel spill that has caused multiple crashes and closed I-10 East at the Texas state line, State Police say.

The rig hit a piece of metal debris in the highway at about milepost 1, and it ruptured the fuel tank, troopers say. The spill covered the highway for about four miles, and because it was raining the diesel combined with the rain created conditions "unfavorable" for driving, said Trooper Derek Senegal.

Motorists in this area can expect significant delays; the eastbound side of the Interstate is closed from the base of the Sabine River bridge and four miles out, he said. Wreckers are on the scene now clearing multiple vehicles that ran off the road or were involved in crashes, Senegal said.

There were no serious injuries reported, he said.

As of 4 p.m., troopers also were awaiting DOTD crews with absorbent material to make it safe to drive on the road, he said.

Motorists can use LA 12 as well as US 190 as detours coming in from Texas; you can visit 511la.org or use the 511 app for roadway conditions.

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