Tanker fire closes down I-10 in New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS - A tanker truck carrying fuel overturned during a crash, causing an explosion that shut down part of Interstate 10 in eastern New Orleans late Tuesday afternoon.
According to LADOTD, there were no deaths in connection with the wreck, but the truck driver was hurt during the crash and taken to the hospital suffering from various face, arm and knee injuries.
The 24-year-old driver told emergency officials she overturned the tanker as she swerved to avoid a vehicle that cut her off while she merged onto the interstate.
Traffic officials said they believe excessive speed may have been a factor in the 18-wheeler's collision with a median barrier, but the crash remains under investigation.
HazMat crews were on the scene to clean up spilt fuel and wreckage after the fire was extinguished while the Eastbound and Westbound lanes of I-10 remained closed.
State police and local police assisted DOTD in diverting traffic and created a detour around the cleanup efforts.
Officials say up to 20 New Orleans fire crews helped fight the blaze.