All lanes are open on Interstate 10 near the Perkins Road and Dalrymple Drive exits after an 18-wheeler truck involved in a crash caught fire about 10 a.m. Sunday, Baton Rouge police said.
The crash and resulting fire prompted authorities to shut down all westbound lanes of Interstate 10 near the Perkins Road exit for several hours while crews cleaned up the road, said Cpl. Don Coppola Jr., a Baton Rouge police spokesman.
No one was injured in the fire or crash, Coppola said, which backed up traffic for miles on Interstate 10 between four and five hours.
The truck was carrying liquid latex, but the main tank never ruptured, said Curt Monte, a Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman.
However, the saddle tanks holding the diesel fuel did rupture, spilling fuel onto the interstate. It didn’t take long to extinguish the fire, but it did take hours for sand trucks to soak up all the diesel fuel on the road, Monte said.
Coppola said the crash happened when a vehicle ran up under the truck. He said he did not have any additional information on the crash or the other vehicle involved.