Baton Rouge police and fire officials worked much of Friday afternoon trying to clean up a three-vehicle crash that happened about 2:30 p.m. on Airline Highway near Interstate 12, which snarled traffic in the area all afternoon.
A fuel tanker involved in the crash sprung a diesel fuel leak which Hazmat crews had mostly cleaned up about 6 p.m., said Robert Combs, a Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman.
While portions of Airline Highway were shut down throughout the afternoon, Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, a Baton Rouge police spokesman, said authorities began opening lanes about 6:20 p.m.
For several hours, crews diverted traffic to Old Hammond Highway, which resulted in congestion on area side streets.
McKneely said the crash involved three vehicles, including an SUV and the fuel tanker. The driver of the SUV was taken to a hospital with injury, McKneely said.