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I-10 West remains closed following fatal crash on the Basin Bridge, cleanup continues

Posted at 4:15 PM, Aug 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-27 22:07:49-04

It's been over 24 hours and a long stretch of I-10 West is still closed to traffic. Crews are still on scene, now clearing the area of debris.

That closure and cleanup comes after a fiery crash on Monday afternoon that claimed the life of a Florida man. The crash according to Louisiana State Police was the result of a separate single-vehicle crash on the bridge. That crash left a vehicle disabled in the roadway. Westbound traffic began to slow and, according to troopers, three 18-wheelers and several passenger vehicles began a chain reaction crash.

Several others were injured and suffered minor to moderate injuries.

Around 8:30, State Police released new photos of the burned wreckage. One photo shows the contents of a burned 18-wheeler that appears to have been carrying produce, another carrying a load of lumber.

Troopers, firemen, and work crews will be working through the night to remove a large amount of debris and remaining vehicles from the interstate. KATC's Chris Welty spoke with DOTD officialswho say the closure will likely extend into Wednesday morning.

The closure on I-10 West begins at Mile Marker 125 (Atchafalaya Basin Bridge). Traffic is still being diverted at LA 415 North (Lobdell) to US 190 West. Congestion remains at LA 1 (Port Allen).

Eastbound lanes of traffic opened in the early morning hours of Tuesday August 27. LA DOTD will inspect the bridge before the westbound lanes are reopened.