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Burning event set for midnight, drivers should plan for I-10 to be closed

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Posted: Aug 22, 2012 10:49 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Updated: Aug 22, 2012 10:49 PM
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Topics: baton rouge, chemical, spill, closure, interstate

BATON ROUGE- Emergency crews are planning a burn off of chemicals inside an overturned tanker truck on I-10 to start about midnight.

There's no word on if I-10 will be reopen for the morning drive. Drivers should plan on it being closed. But, monitor WBRZ.com and 2une-In for updates.

About 40 homes and a hotel were evacuated in the immediate area near the crash site on I-10 at Essen.

The entire ordeal will likely hit the 24-hour mark since it all started.

Wednesday morning, two separate crashes happened on I-10 East just east of the I-10/12 split.

The first wreck happened when a vehicle hit a second vehicle, then struck the retaining wall on I-10E before flipping onto its top.

The second wreck happened shortly after, when a tanker truck hauling isobutane stopped for the crash and was rear-ended by an 18-wheeler. The impact caused the cargo tank to start leaking the highly flammable chemical onto the roadway.

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