I-10 back open after vehicle fire
PORT ALLEN - Authorities closed I-10 West at LA 415 for nearly nine hours Monday morning after an 18-wheeler hauling motor oil caught fire on the interstate.
State Police said the fire happened before Grosse Tete at mile marker 144 around 5:30 a.m. One lane at the site was re-opened at 12:35 p.m., and the highway was fully re-opened at 2:15 p.m.
Trooper Jared Sandifer said they were still investigating just what caused the truck's load, a trailer full of motor oil, to catch fire. There were no injuries.
Troopers advised drivers to consider using US 190 as an alternate route until congestion from the wreck cleared up. Congestion on I-10 was backed up seven miles when the highway reopened, according to the Department of Transportation and Development.
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