Both Lanes Of I-10 Re-Opened
7:10 p.m. UPDATE: I-10 eastbound has been re-opened.
5:40 p.m. UPDATE: I-10 westbound has been re-opened. I-10 eastbound remains closed.
4:16 p.m. –State Police say both directions of I-10 will remain closed for at least another 5 hours as crews work to clean up a chemical spill from earlier in the day.
Trooper James Anderson with Louisiana Troop D says 28-year-old Hector Martinez of Channelview, Texas was driving an 18-wheeler eastbound on I-10 when he drove into the median and overturned the rig. Martinez received serious injuries and was taken to a local hospital.
Anderson says Martinez’s truck was carrying Benzene, a flammable and toxic liquid. The interstate was shut down at 11 a.m. so crews could clean up the spill.
It’s believed Martinez fell asleep at the wheel, Anderson says. A routine toxicology sample was obtained and sent to the state’s crime lab. Martinez was charged with careless operation and failure to wear a seatbelt.
10:32 a.m. — Louisiana State Police are reporting a major crash on Interstate Ten earlier today in the Jennings area involving an 18-wheeler. The one vehicle crash is affecting lanes of traffic, and state police say a haz-mat unit will need to clean up the accident site after the crash spilled Benzyne onto the roadway.
State police will have both lanes closed through at least 3 p.m. while crews work to clean up the area. Travelers will be detoured off of Interstate Ten, on the westbound side, at the Crowley exit, which is exit 80. You can then take highway 12 northbound, to highway US 190 westbound and picked up highway 165 southbound to avoid the crash and closure. If you are coming from Lake Charles you will see Interstate Ten closed at mile marker 44.