I-10 crash

An overturned 18-wheeler has slowed traffic on I-10 in Baton Rouge.

An 18-wheeler overturned Saturday evening on I-10 near the Washington Street ramp coming off the Mississippi River bridge, Baton Rouge Police said.

The wreck happened around 6:12 p.m. DOTD traffic cameras show the accident occurred eastbound at I-10 just before the Washington Street exit ramp. 

Sgt. Don Coppola, Baton Rouge Police Department spokesman, said officials would have to shut down Washington Street because of the crash. 

By 8:50 p.m. Saturday evening officials were working to turn the truck upright.

A preliminary investigation revealed a combination of speed and weather conditions may have caused the crash, Coppola said. The accident happened at a time of gusty winds and rain-slicked roads from Hurricane Barry. The truck contained a shipment of fruit, including strawberries and raspberries. 

No injuries have been reported, EMS spokesman Mike Chustz said.


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