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Roads open, congestion remains after fiery wreck

2 years 8 months 2 weeks ago September 11, 2014 Sep 11, 2014 Thursday, September 11 2014 September 11, 2014 3:28 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Russell Jones

BATON ROUGE - Traffic officials said cars are backed up for miles behind the site of a fiery truck wreck which was just cleared during the Thursday afternoon rush.

It took workers more than four hours to clean up the section of I-10 where two trucks crashed and caught fire during the noon rush hour. When the road was reopened, DOTD said traffic was backed up past Grosse Tete on I-10 East and Choctaw Drive on I-110 South.

The wrecks happened on I-10 East at the Washington Street overpass, just past the I-10 / I-110 split. Baton Rouge Police said one truck hit a guardrail and overturned, catching on fire. A second truck also caught fire after crashing near the first wreck.

Witnesses saw fire pouring down a support column underneath the interstate. Police said fuel from the truck had caught fire and poured down the column onto the street below.

HazMat crews had to clean spilled fuel from the interstate and said another truck had to pump out excess fuel left in the wrecked trucks.

No one was seriously injured in the wrecks, according to police.

Louisiana State Police asked drivers to avoid I-10 East in that area until 6:30 p.m. while congestion from the wreck clears.

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