UPDATE: Second leak along I-10 forces more closures
JEFF DAVIS PARISH – A second hazardous material leak has occurred along Interstate 10, this time near the Welsh exit.
All eastbound and westbound lanes in the are have been closed after an 18-wheeler transporting a highly flammable material was rear-ended by another driver.
State Police say the second material spill resulted from a driver not paying attention to the traffic backup from the first spill.
Detours for the second spill are as follows: eastbound traffic is being detoured starting at the Welsh exit, while westbound traffic is being detoured at the Roanoke exit.
For the first spill, the detours remain the same. I-10 east is closed from the Ronoake Exit (exit 59) to the Jennings exit (exit 64). Thus the traffic detour is as follows: east along I-10 to exit 64, head north on LA 395 to LA 102, head east along LA 102 to LA 26 and then south on LA 26 to I-10 east.
Westbound lanes remain open, but that is subject to change.
The original spill occurred on the shoulder near milepost 60 eastbound.
The original spill was slated to close the area for most of the day.
JEFF DAVIS PARISH – Louisiana State Police are currently working a chemical spill near Jennings along Interstate 10.
Police say an 18-wheeler is leaking nitric acid is leaking. The chemical is dangerous to inhale and is corrosive.
Crews have closed I-10 Eastbound in the area. At this point, I-10 Westbound is open.
Detours for the closure include I-10 east to Highway 395, north on Hwy 395 to Hwy 102, east on Hwy 102, then south on Hwy 26, then back to I-10.
Trooper Stephen Hammons with Louisiana State Police says I-10 West is open for the time being, but the option of closing it has not been ruled out.