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Cranes close W-bound I-10 for wreck clean-up

2 years ago February 03, 2013 Feb 3, 2013 Sunday, February 03 2013 Sunday, February 03, 2013 4:36:30 PM CST in News

LAKE CHARLES - Louisiana State Police say westbound Interstate 10 was closed for about eight hours near the Texas state line so a pair of huge cranes could move an overturned tractor-trailer and the 115,000-pound heat exchanger it had carried.

Sgt. James Anderson says 53-year-old Donald Wayne Richardville of Catoosa, Okla., suffered moderate injuries when his truck overturned Saturday, winding up at the tree-line.

The cranes had to work from the roadway.

Police say the truck is registered to Ace Heavy Haul LLC of Mooresville, N.C.

Westbound lanes were closed from 7 a.m. to nearly 3 p.m. Sunday. Traffic detoured north on Louisiana Highway 109 backed up for miles.

Police had thought the lanes might be closed all day. Anderson says crews cleared the truck and load faster than expected.

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