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One lane of I-55 North reopens

4 years ago September 21, 2010 Sep 21, 2010 Tuesday, September 21 2010 Tuesday, September 21, 2010 9:18:56 AM CDT in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Russell Jones, Trey Schmaltz

UPDATE: 4:30 p.m.

One lane of I-55 Northbound has been reopened near Independence in Tangipahoa Parish.  Hazmat crews are cleaning chemicals off the highway after a tanker truck started leaking.

Dispatchers said the truck driver pulled over around 9 a.m. when he discovered the truck was leaking a chemical.  At least one of the chemicals being transported was hazardous.

As a precaution, all I-55 northbound lanes were closed while HazMat crews determined which chemical was leaking from the truck. State police later said it was a commercial paint thinner that was not deemed hazardous.

At 11:30 one lane re-opened to traffic; that situation had not changed as of 4:30 p.m.

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