Crippled semi trailer snarls interstate
BATON ROUGE - Traffic officials said a semi trailer hauling chemicals broke down near the I-10 / I-12 split Thursday, snarling traffic along the interstate system throughout the day.
The breakdown happened on the right side of I-10 West approaching the split around noon according to Baton Rouge Police.
Firefighters said the truck was hauling ethylene glycol solution and had a malfunction with its trailer. BRFD said there were no leaks, and HazMat crews were on the scene keeping an eye on the situation.
Westbound traffic was reduced to one lane while crews unloaded the truck's contents and started the process of removing the trailer. Congestion reached back to the Mall of Louisiana Boulevard by 3:30 p.m., more than three hours after the closure began.