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UPDATE: I-10 ramp closed for most of Monday after crash

Posted at 8:35 AM, Feb 13, 2023
and last updated 2023-02-14 11:18:16-05

The I-10 eastbound exit ramp at La. 92 in Duson was open Tuesday morning after being closed much of the day Monday after a truck overturned.

We reported Monday morning that an overturned tractor-trailer rig closed the I-10 East bound exit ramp at La. 92 in Duson.

The rig was leaking acrylic acid, police say.

Acute exposure to acrylic acid can cause redness, swelling, and tearing of the eyes, runny nose, scratchy throat, coughing, and difficultly breathing, Duson Police say.

We spoke to the woman who saw it all happen and she immediately called 911.

"I was coming down the Frontage Road, to come to the truck stop to take a little break on the phone with my mom and I looked and saw this tanker exiting and as I was watching it, it flipped over and I was like omg mom I have to get off the phone, I got to get off the phone and I immediately called 911 and proceeded with the proper procedures that you would when you're helping with an accident. I proceeded to try to do an evaluation, asking him whether or not where he was in pain if his neck, his back - he said his shoulder and his ribs and he couldn't breathe, so I told him to take short shallow breaths and try to relax." said Twanna Foster, Truckmovers driver.

The tractor-trailer rig was turned over on its side and officials stated they didn't know yesterday afternoon when the tractor trailer would be completely removed from the area.

Twanna Foster is a truck driver herself who shares what changes she thinks need to be made on I-10.

"I'm a seasoned driver and that curve on that exit is, extremely deceiving you don't realize its as sharp as it is and I really think that there needs to be a sign to warn drivers about it because the first time I took it, it caught me by surprise," Foster said.

Duson Police and Fire worked with Lafayette Fire Hazardous Materials Unit and Louisiana State Police Haz Mat Units to coordinate a safe transfer of the material and containment of the spill.

Duson Police are investigating the cause of the crash. The driver of the rig was transported to a Lafayette hospital with what are described as serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

I-10 remained open in both directions, but the east bound ramp was closed until 1 a.m. Tuesday. There were a lot of emergency vehicles on-scene, which caused traffic to slow in both directions there all day on Monday.