GONZALES — An 18-wheeler overturned on I-10 south of La. 30 in the pre-dawn hours Friday, injuring the driver and closing both eastbound lanes for hours, authorities said.
Cargo and diesel were spilled onto the interstate, forcing workers to clear the highway and put down sand while heavily delayed traffic was rerouted to Airline Highway, La. 44 and La. 30 to get around the closure in Ascension Parish, Gonzales Police spokeswoman Charlotte Guedry said.
Both lanes of I-10 did not reopen for nearly seven hours, state troopers said.
Guedry said the 18-wheeler was stopped on the side of the highway and was hit by a box truck that veered into it around 5 a.m., Guedry said.
The driver the box truck, Kevin Cyres, 59, of St. Rose, was cited with careless operation, she said.
Allen Pellebon, 43, of New Orleans, the tractor-trailer’s driver, was taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Gonzales with minor injuries, Guedry said.
Trooper Bryan Lee, State Police spokesman, said all lanes were opened shortly before noon.
Staff members of Atmosphere Aerial, which produces drone videos and photography, were on their way to New Orleans when they were caught in the traffic congestion. They took the opportunity to record the scene.