Posted: Sep 2, 2010 8:19 PM by Heather Harel
Updated: Sep 2, 2010 9:56 PM
Source: Denham Springs Police
Update: All lanes are open on Interstate 12 westbound near Range Avenue after a fatal accident that occurred around 6:15 this evening.
Authorities said the driver of an 18-wheeler died after the vehicle went off the roadway on the right side of I-12 a quarter of a mile east of 4-H Club Road in Denham Springs then hit a concrete drainage canal. Police said the driver appeared to have been ejected from the 18-wheeler. No one else was hurt.
A viewer who asked to remain anonymous told News 2 he was nearby, heard the accident and was one of the first people on the scene. He said he and another police officer who arrived shortly after performed CPR on the driver. The viewer said the man appeard to have had a pulse when he first arrived but eventually stopped breathing after paramedics and police attempted to pull him out of the canal.
Authorities said some oil leaked out of the 18-wheeler onto the roadway, and diesel went into the canal. They said the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness and the Department of Environmental Quality were on the scene. Police said the oil and diesel have been contained with sandbags, and DEQ will return between 7:30 and 8 a.m. tomorow with a crane to lift the truck from the canal.