UPDATE: 18-wheeler causes 7 car crash, major delays

UPDATE: 18-wheeler causes 7 car crash, major delays

POSTED: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - 10:51am

UPDATED: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - 11:51am

THIS IS AN NBC33 NEWS UPDATE: the Louisiana State Police say the scene of the accident is all cleared.

An 18-wheeler was traveling in the east bound lane of I-12 near the O’Neal exit at around 6:00 a.m. when the driver failed to stay in the proper lane. That’s when the driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a concrete barricade.

The area where the crash happened was in a construction zone.

“Obviously, when you enter a construction zone, you should slow down and pay attention to your surroundings,” Trooper Russell Graham said when asked if he believes the construction zone played a factor in this crash. “Failure to do so will result in an accident, like this one.”

The 18-wheeler was carrying a load of pipes that then spilled out on to the roadway, and landed in the West bound lane of I-12, directly into oncoming traffic. The incident caused a seven car pile up. Six people suffered injuries from this wreck, including the driver of the 18-wheeler. We’re told all of those injuries were non-life threatening.

The driver of the 18-wheeler was issued a citation.

ORIGINAL STORY The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development is reporting road closures and major delays on I-12 East and West bound this morning. An 18-wheeler carrying pipes has overturned causing these delays.

Fire officials report the closure could last as many as 3-4 hours.

Here's the newest information from the Traffic Management Center: All lanes are open on I-12 West at the Amite River Bridge and I-12 East remains closed at O’Neal. Traffic Eastbound is being diverted off at O’Neal to US-190. The queue from this incident has reached beyond La-447 on I-12 West and is approaching Sherwood on I-12 East.

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