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Police release details about wreck which closed I-10

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Posted: Aug 22, 2012 5:32 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Aug 22, 2012 5:32 PM
Source: Baton Rouge Police Department

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Topics: baton rouge, chemical, spill, closure, interstate

BATON ROUGE - Police said the wreck and chemical spill which shut down I-10 in Baton Rouge all day today actually stemmed from two wrecks early this morning.

Cpl. L'Jean McKneely said two separate crashes happened on I-10 East just east of the I-10/12 split. He said two people had minor injuries and were taken to local hospitals.

The first wreck happened when a vehicle hit a second vehicle, then struck the retaining wall on I-10E before flipping onto its top.

The second wreck happened shortly after, when a tanker truck hauling iso-butane stopped for the crash and was rear-ended by an 18-wheeler. The impact caused the cargo tank to start leaking the highly-flammable chemical onto the roadway.

State Police Hazmat said the truck continued to steadily leak chemical all day from a vapor line. They examined the site multiple times today, and said relief valves on the truck were all broken because of the wreck. To clear the scene they would need to pump out all the chemicals still on the truck, and remove the chemical from the roadway.

Hazmat earlier discussed burning the chemical off the roadway as an option, once the rest of the chemical and vehicles were removed from the scene.

Authorities scheduled a 5:30 p.m. press conference tonight to discuss response to the closure and wreck. News 2 will have that update here at WBRZ.com and tonight on News 2 at 10.

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