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Hours after nasty spill, only bridge over MS River in North La. opens

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Posted: Feb 12, 2014 9:50 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Updated: Feb 12, 2014 9:50 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: crash, interstate, Mississippi, Louisiana, closed

TALLULAH - The only bridge crossing the Mississippi River in the northern part of Louisiana finally opened late Wednesday night, nearly twenty-four hours after it was closed due to a pile-up of eighteen wheelers.

At 4:00 a.m., six trucks crashed into each other. A tanker carrying a corrosive and flammable liquid material was rear-ended and leaked onto the bridge and into the Mississippi River.

Louisiana State Police said the chemical was chloropropionic acid and is used in the agriculture and pharmaceutical industries.

It took crews hours to clear the mess and I-20 over the Mississippi River opened just before 10 p.m.
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