State Police investigated a crash early Wednesday morning involving an 18-wheeler carrying a full load of clothing that caused a total roadway blockage on Interstate 12 at O'Neal Lane.
The crash occurred on I-12 westbound, east of O'Neal Lane shortly before 2:30 a.m., State Police Trooper Russell Graham said in a news release.
Ernest Cannon, 43, of Houston was driving a 2012 Freightliner west on Interstate 12 when he entered the lane shift at an unsafe speed. The truck and trailer rolled onto the center construction barricades and came to rest blocking both eastbound and westbound lanes. The trailer came to rest across both eastbound lanes and partially across the construction barricades. The truck came to rest on its side across both westbound lanes. Troopers have cited Cannon with careless operation, Graham said.
Troopers immediately began working with Livingston Parish Sheriff's deputies, Denham Springs Police officers, East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office deputies and Baton Rouge Police officers to re-route traffic and clear the scene.
Shortly before 6 a.m., the truck was removed and all westbound lanes were opened to traffic.
Crews cleared the eastbound lanes of the trailer, which has extensive damage, at about 9:30 a.m.
Crews had to remove clothes from the trailer and get it lifted and loaded onto a flat-bed truck.