POSTED: Friday, August 31, 2012 - 10:31am
UPDATED: Friday, August 31, 2012 - 3:35pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) —
UPDATE: The Interstate 10 westbound on-ramp to the Mississippi River Bridge at the I-10/I-110 split that closed this morning due to an overturned 18-wheeler is now open.
ORIGINAL: Shortly after 10:00 a.m. an 18-wheeler carrying bottled water overturned at the I-10/I-110 split. The weight of the cargo shifted as the truck entered the curve, causing the crash. DOTD says it could be several hours before the roadway is cleared.
The Baton Rouge Police Department is currently on scene working to clear the crash, which happened in the westbound lane. Traffic is currently being diverted to I-110 north to U.S. 190 west to La. 415 south, back to I-10 west.
The good news is that no one was hurt, and because the truck was not carrying hazardous chemicals, it will not take nearly as long to clear up. However, they do anticipate the closure to last for several hours.
Along with this issue, Baton Rouge is experiencing several delays on surface streets due to traffic signals that are still without power due to Hurricane Isaac. Entergy says it is working to get the power restored to those signals. However, police ask drivers to be mindful of the hazard and to exercise caution while on the roads.
A tow truck arrived on scene shortly after 11:00 a.m.